This National Book Award finalist tells the story of fashion model Charlotte Swenson, whose life is irrevocably altered when she's involved in a car accident that savages her face. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Charlotte returns to her old life in New York to find that no one recognizes her. Paralleling her story is that of the teenaged daughter of her former best friend a young girl in search of an identity who has an affair with her high school math teacher. Exploring the effects of fame and the strange new worlds available in cyberspace, Egan has written an elegant, timely and suspenseful novel a book that captures all the speed and glamour of contemporary culture. A reading group guide is available in print and online at


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