Was She Pretty?

By Leanne Shapton

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

What's left while a dating ends? the place does jealousy come from? Delicately and sensitively, Leanne Shapton (Swimming Studies) ruminates on ex-lovers, and our enthusiasts' ex-lovers. a couple of expressive pencil traces define a long-abandoned iciness coat the following, an ineffably captivating Mona Lisa smile there. each 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 attitude.

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 folk with idiosyncratic outfits. As humorous because it is insightful, Was She beautiful? speaks to a critical human quandary: How can we examine? Elegantly drawn and completely narrated, the pages of Was She lovely? are a testimonial to the ability of commentary and misapprehension.

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Cassandra was once the daughter of 2 in demand psychoanalysts. She used to be very conscientious. She did yoga, jogged, took ballet sessions, did Pilates, swam lengths, and had average acupuncture. She dreaded assembly any lady thinner than her. She studied herself in each reflective floor she handed. Sebastian’s ex-girlfriend Makeda usually pointed out she was once descended from Ethiopian royalty. Makeda’s ex-boyfriend Bruce amassed African artwork. She consistently felt a bit humorous mendacity in his mattress surrounded by way of his tribal jewellery and teak sculptures.

She spoke slowly, with a deep Russian accessory. Lena’s ex-boyfriend Paul made less cash than her different boyfriends. She enjoyed him the easiest, yet he constantly felt he had whatever to turn out. Joe stored a photo of his ex-girlfriend in a body on most sensible of his upright piano. in the future his female friend Stacy felt like dusting and the picture unintentionally fell among the piano and the wall. Isabelle chanced on a holiday photo of her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend. She ripped it up and left it in a neat pile on his pillow.

Fsgbooks. com Designed by means of Leanne Shapton and Abby Kagan eISBN 9781466819740 First e-book variation : April 2012 First version, 2006 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication information Shapton, Leanne used to be she lovely? / Leanne Shapton. —Ist ed. p. cm. Prose and drawings approximately human family, fans and jealousy. ISBN-13: 978-0-374-29926-2 (hardcover : alk. paper) ISBN-10: 0-374-29926-9 (hardcover : alk. paper) I. name. PR 9199. four. S5255 W37 2006 824’.

Ted’s ex-girlfriend was once a manner clothier. Elizabeth had no challenge with exes. It was once the ladies who changed her that drove her loopy. They regularly had: thinner ankles, poutier lips, and PhDs. Fred’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine used to be muse to the executive clothier at a centuries-old style condominium. He stated she used to be clairvoyant. She was once bisexual. Ghislaine’s ex-girlfriend Sophie borrowed loads of her outfits, yet by no means reciprocated. ultimately Ghislaine grew to become green with envy of this. Todd’s ex-girlfriend Wendy had attractive moles on attention-grabbing elements of her physique.

Marie’s ex-boyfriend had selected prog rock over a profession in classical track. June’s ex-boyfriend Wade stored his love letters in a kitchen drawer. June used to be continually tempted, yet by no means opened the drawer. She might stare at it whereas she cooked. Wade’s ex-girlfriend Siobhan was once a poet who moved to a small northern city close to Lake more desirable along with her son. Alasdair’s ex-girlfriend was once his first cousin Annabel. Their relations used to be very informal approximately all of it. They have been a close-knit extended family of eccentric and photogenic aristocrats who frequently modeled for luxurious advert campaigns.

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