Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear
By Katharine Weber
(Broadway Books, Paperback, 9780307587947, 288pp.)
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Harriet Rose, 26, is an American photographer just winning recognition for her work. A travel fellowship brings her to visit her best friend and former roommate, Anne Gordon, in Switzerland. In an ongoing letter to her boyfriend, Harriet reports on strange developments in Anne's life, most notably her affair with a much older married man, which seems to be leading to a disastrous conclusion. Before she can rescue Anne, events take a series of unexpected turns, and Harriet must reexamine her own life and past, and come to terms with the difficulties and possibilities of human relationships.
Already excerpted in The New Yorker, Katharine Weber's witty first novel of attraction and deception, a tale with the sensibility of a Margaret Atwood, pulses with cultural references and word games that echo Nabokov.
KATHARINE WEBER is the author of True Confections, Triangle, The Little Women, and The Music Lesson. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, the cultural historian Nicholas Fox Weber.
"An amazing first novel . . . wise, flippant, deep, witty—characteristics which are seldom found together. It is also a good story."—Madeleine L'Engle
"With vibrancy and a steady barrage of linguistic bio, . . . Weber provides a blend of artistry and insight far beyond what we usually see in a first novel." --San Francisco Chronicle
"Wonderfully complex characters, witty prose, ironic situations, and tragic consequences . . . It's Weber's control of the language that holds this cleverly touching book together."--Charlotte Observer
"Engaging . . . Ms. Weber's nuanced renderings of childhood traumas, of families in crisis and of Harriet's grandmother are impressive." --New York Times Book Review
“I much enjoyed this delightfully witty novel.”—Iris Murdoch
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1995