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Narcissus Ascending: A Novel

3.0 of 5 stars 3.00  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Becky, Hugh, Dahlia, and Max. Friends who have formed a dysfunctional but necessary surrogate family. And then there is Callie, the crisis-prone, vivid, manipulative chameleon whose friendship has damaged them all individually but who still haunts their waking and sleeping dreams.

Set in the art-world of New York's East Village, Karen McKinnon's dissection of Becky and Call
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 28th 2003 by Picador (first published June 1st 2002)
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A self-consciously literary but emotionally perceptive and well-paced first novel about the relationships among a handful of self-absorbed young East Village hipsters...The bare bones of the story could have become no more than a downtown twenty-something melodrama, but McKinnon brings to it the breathtaking, self-important, urgency of youth, along with insight into the mind of the hungry artist, making it a gripping, revealing, and entertaining read.

Amy P.
This author might have potential, but I didn't see it in the book. It was hard for me to get involved in the story when the writing was so bad. A hint, when having more than one character in a conversation (especially 4-6), use quotation marks. I also really do not like when conversation starts with, "I go...and then he goes." I did appreciate the 3 references to Life Cafe, but that couldn't even save this book.
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I read this book and can barely remember it. It was not memorable for me. I also learned that "chick-lit" doesn't appeal to me.
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