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The Portrait of a Mirror Lib/E Audio CD – Import, 31 August 2021
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Gossip Girl meets The Secret History...Joukovsky's ability to both skewer and sympathize with her characters would impress Edith Wharton herself.-- "Vulture"
The Portrait of a Mirror is a wickedly fun debut--a novel that floats seamlessly between Ovid and dive bars, and that shows us the perils of getting exactly what we want.-- "Grant Ginder, author of The People We Hate at the Wedding"
[A] modern retelling of the myth of Narcissus.-- "Brit + Co"
An intellectually dazzling, deliciously wicked novel about love, art, illusion, and modernity--not to mention a pitch-perfect satire of New York's beautiful people.-- "Emily Temple, author of The Lightness"
Clever and witty and intricate...[a] richly-layered portrait of two couples caught at a crossroads.-- "Booklist (starred review)"
In a wickedly fun debut you won't be able to put down, Joukovsky reinvents the myth of Narcissus for modern times.-- "Veranda Magazine"
Part sex comedy, part satire about the world's most hatable people. Joukovsky is unsparing--and hilarious--on the topics of marriage, success, and the self-absorption of the privileged class.-- "Erin Somers, author of Stay Up with Hugo Best"
This contemporary novel of manners is so sly and sharp and well-observed, so densely witty and full of piercing offhand observation...a not-quite-love story about deceptive infatuation.-- "Jia Tolentino, New York Times bestselling author"
This delightful, perfectly rendered novel is filled with gossip and charged exchanges, bad decisions made by rich people, but also some pretty interesting questions about art and value...I was beyond charmed.-- "Literary Hub"
Two well off couples' Iives intertwine in this hilarious reinvention of the myth of Narcissus...and they're all too immersed in desire to know what they want.-- "She Reads"
About the Author
A. Natasha Joukovsky holds a BA in English from the University of Virginia and an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. She spent five years in the art world, working at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York before pivoting into management consulting. The Portrait of a Mirror is her debut novel. She lives in Washington, DC.
Eva Kaminsky is a New York-based actor and audiobook narrator with over 150 titles to her credit. She trained at Boston University and has acted in numerous productions on television and film, including Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Happyish, Ugly Betty, ER, Numbers, Law & Order, and others.
- ASIN : B09F1KL4Q1
- Publisher : Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (31 August 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200688760
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Really liked the story itself, but the writing is what I enjoyed the most; often with literature in this style, I appreciate the writing and the craft but end up skimming long descriptions and narratives to get back to the plot. Not the case here - I found myself wanting to save passages every few pages or read out loud to a friend, either because they were laugh-out-loud funny, were genuinely thought-provoking / made me question elements of my own behaviors and relationships, or were just brilliantly descriptive in a way that added to the narrative and not just the page count.
Though the characters in Portrait exist in high-society, they are subject to a universal force that Joukovsky has written about with penetrating insight, and that any attentive reader will see in themself. The book is called "The Portrait of a Mirror", and it is clearly a portrait of a mirror that a reader is meant to hold up to themselves. It works.
This book can be read at multiple levels. It could be a fun beach read on the one hand if you enjoy the witty dialogue (I have never seen text messages more true to life in a book), the corporate intrigue, the romantic whirlwind, much of it just pure fun and page-turning delight—but it's also a book that I could use to teach a seminar at my university (and I may do just that): there are three or four layers deeper that one can go for insights into human nature, from the psychological to the social and cultural and even workplace dynamics. The reader even gets a crash course in art history as one of the main characters describes several important masterpieces. I was entertained, but I also came away having learned something new about the world and about myself.
The novel is extraordinarily ambitious, but Joukovsky pulls it off based both on the strength of our prose and the depth of her experience, which becomes apparent throughout the book in the vividness of the scenes that at times made me laugh out loud and at others nearly made me cry.
I highly recommend this book.
Reviewed in the United States on 1 June 2021