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The Portrait of a Mirror by Natasha Joukovsky

The Portrait of a Mirror by Natasha Joukovsky

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A stunning reinvention of the myth of Narcissus as a modern novel of manners, about two young, well-heeled couples whose parallel lives converge and intertwine over the course of a summer, by a sharp new voice in fiction

Wes and Diana are the kind of privileged, well-educated, self-involved New Yorkers you may not want to like but can't help wanting to like you. With his boyish good looks, blue-blood pedigree, and the recent tidy valuation of his tech startup, Wes would have made any woman weak in the knees—any woman, that is, except perhaps his wife. Brilliant to the point of cunning, Diana possesses her own arsenal of charms, handily deployed against Wes in their constant wars of will and rhetorical sparring.

Vivien and Dale live in Philadelphia, but with ties to the same prep schools and management consulting firms as Wes and Diana, they’re of the same ilk. With a wedding date on the horizon and carefully curated life of coupledom, Vivien and Dale make a picture-perfect pair on Instagram. But when Vivien becomes a visiting curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art just as Diana is starting a new consulting project in Philadelphia, the two couples’ lives cross and tangle. It’s the summer of 2015 and they’re all enraptured by one another and too engulfed in desire to know what they want—despite knowing just how to act.

In this wickedly fun debut, A. Natasha Joukovsky crafts an absorbing portrait of modern romance, rousing real sympathy for these flawed characters even as she skewers them. Shrewdly observed, whip-smart, and shot through with wit and good humor,
The Portrait of a Mirror is a piercing exploration of narcissism, desire, self-delusion, and the great mythology of love.

REVIEWS

"Joukovsky's haunting prose pairs beautifully with her sharp and witty dialogue. Her well-crafted characters occupy richly curated lives and personal histories that weave together in fascinating ways. The Portrait of a Mirror stays with you long after you've read it and it's the kind of book you pass along when you're finished so you can keep talking about it over and over again."- Fansided

"Gossip Girl meets The Secret History...Joukovsky's ability to both skewer and sympathize with her characters would impress Edith Wharton herself."- Vulture

"In a wickedly fun debut you won't be able to put down, Joukovsky reinvents the myth of Narcissus for modern times."-Veranda Magazine

"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, all of it filtered through the legend of Narcissus...I was beyond charmed."-Lit Hub

"Readers will enjoy the view of an insular, rarified world..."
-Publishers Weekly

PRODUCT DETAILS
Paperback
Publisher: The Overlook Press
ISBN: 978-1419752179
Pages: 320