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The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty

(2015)
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"Filipacchi's book [has] a philosophical heft and prods us to examine our own prejudices... . Funny, surreal, absurd, and charmingly preposterous... . Filipacchi's characters never question the weirdness around them but meet it with a delightful, practical ingenuity." - The New York Times Book Review

"[A] sure comic touch... smart and sweet... a tribute to the pleasures of friendship." - The New Yorker

"Readers, who'd like to spend a little time at the corner where a brisker Haruki Murakami meets a drier '30 Rock' would do well to seek out Filipacchi's radiantly intelligent and very funny novel." - San Francisco Chronicle


A magical and comedic take on modern love, the power of friendship, and the allure of disguise.

In the heart of New York City, a group of artistic friends struggles with society's standards of beauty. At the center are Barb and Lily, two women at opposite ends of the beauty spectrum, but with the same problem: each fears she will never find a love that can overcome her looks. Barb, a stunningly beautiful costume designer, makes herself ugly in hopes of finding true love. Meanwhile, her friend Lily, a brilliantly talented but plain-looking musician, goes to fantastic lengths to attract the man who has rejected her - with results that are as touching as they are transformative.

To complicate matters, Barb and Lily discover that they may have a murderer in their midst, that Barb's calm disposition is more dangerously provocative than her beauty ever was, and that Lily's musical talents are more powerful than anyone could have imagined. Part literary whodunit, part surrealist farce, The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty serves as a smart, modern-day fairy tale. With biting wit and offbeat charm, Amanda Filipacchi illuminates the labyrinthine relationship between beauty, desire, and identity, asking at every turn: what does it truly mean to allow oneself to be seen?

 
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Hardback Editions

July 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Unfortunate Importance Of Beauty
Author(s): Amanda Filipacchi
ISBN: 1-4104-8062-3 / 978-1-4104-8062-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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February 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty: A Novel
Author(s): Amanda Filipacchi
ISBN: 0-393-24387-7 / 978-0-393-24387-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Paperback Editions

February 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty: A Novel
Author(s): Amanda Filipacchi
ISBN: 0-393-35230-7 / 978-0-393-35230-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

February 2015 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty
Author(s): Amanda Filipacchi
ISBN: 1-62231-630-4 / 978-1-62231-630-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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February 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Unfortunate Importance of Beauty
Author(s): Amanda Filipacchi
Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

February 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty: A Novel
Author(s): Amanda Filipacchi
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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