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By Leanne Shapton

A dreamy exploration of relationships and jealousy . . . pithy and deadpan . . . it really is no self-help book." --Salon

What's left whilst a courting ends? the place does jealousy come from? Delicately and sensitively, Leanne Shapton (Swimming Studies) ruminates on ex-lovers, and our enthusiasts' ex-lovers. a number of expressive pencil traces define a long-abandoned iciness coat the following, an ineffably captivating Mona Lisa smile there. every one double web page describes the best way all exes are captured: as most unlikely to dwell as much as as a Polaroid taken at a flattering perspective.

This new paperback version of Was She lovely? brings the reader deep right into a circle of phantoms: its intimate liaisons, embarrassing secrets and techniques, and sardonic anecdotes. Shapton introduces the obsessives and the dilettantes, the poets and the actresses, the folk with nice hair and the folks with idiosyncratic outfits. As humorous because it is insightful, Was She lovely? speaks to a critical human hindrance: How will we evaluate? Elegantly drawn and completely narrated, the pages of Was She beautiful? are a testimonial to the ability of commentary and misapprehension.

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Whilst Elinor started relationship Quentin, she stumbled on a lovingly inscribed replica of The Reluctant Submissive’s instruction manual put backward at the bookshelf. Eric’s ex-girlfriend used to be Joanna. She has on the grounds that married, yet each few years sends Eric letters with out go back deal with, expressing how fondly she recalls their time jointly. Milosz scrupulously updates his deal with booklet along with his ex-girlfriends’ present numbers, whether he hasn’t spoken to them in years. Margaret stumbled on a field of outdated journals belonging to her boyfriend, Scott. She couldn’t aid herself from skimming a number of pages. In them Margaret came across distinctive and heartfelt entries approximately ladies Scott had dated good earlier than she met him. a few he had enjoyed deeply, a few he had no longer; a few Scott had instructed Margaret approximately, a few he had now not. One access defined the day he met Jan, the stroll they took around the snowy campus, and the intimate and exhilarating dialog that they had. there have been entries approximately their shared love of Welsh rarebit, lists of the books that they had lent one another, and the anxiety he felt approximately her emotions towards him. there has been April, a divorcée Scott observed each time he used to be in Chicago. Margaret spotted numerous entries approximately Helen, who used to be continually concerned whereas she observed Scott, yet with whom Scott started to vividly think a existence. one other web page defined the intercourse he had with Sheryl, the fruitlessness in their courting (rebounds, both), however the extreme appeal of the video games they performed. Scott defined seeing Greta at the subway with one other guy, and feeling jealous, yet sorry for the fellow. Margaret felt in poor health and was once racked with guilt. yet after studying approximately Scott’s ex-girlfriends (and his hassle in committing to them), what she felt used to be now not precisely jealousy, worry, or suspicion: she felt love for Scott. every thing she loved approximately him used to be obvious: the integrity he had towards his personal instincts, his impatience with passivity, his boredom with shallow values, and his intolerance for cruelty. This didn't move a long way to relieve her nausea, or gradual the spool of pictures dashing via her head. yet Scott’s prior, prior to she met him, was once innocent, and genuine. Louise bumped into Greg’s ex-girlfriend Lucy at a celebration and instantly built an extended, purple rash on her neck. She left the occasion, yet later that evening skilled severe abdominal discomfort. Louise rushed to the emergency room, however the medical professionals may possibly locate not anything mistaken. She went domestic, however the cramps continued, so she lower back to the clinic. back the medical professionals came across not anything flawed. They despatched her again domestic, the place she curled up in a chair. by way of morning the discomfort had disappeared, as had the rash. it is a paintings of fiction. All characters are items of the author’s mind's eye, and any resemblance to a precise individual, residing or lifeless, is solely coincidental. Copyright © 2006 via Leanne Shapton All rights reserved Sarah Crichton Books Farrar, Straus and Giroux 19 Union sq. West, ny 10003 www. fsgbooks. com Designed through Leanne Shapton and Abby Kagan eISBN 9781466819740 First book version : April 2012 First version, 2006 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication information Shapton, Leanne was once she beautiful?

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