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Look at Us

(2021)
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“Charged with erotic intensity. . . . Toma draws his world with Cheeverian nuance and flair; he’s deeply insightful about the new American culture of ‘watchers’—but to me his greatest skill is his ability to summon pure terror.” —George Dawes Green, author of The Caveman’s Valentine, The Juror, and Ravens

Look at Us is a scrupulous dissection of a contemporary marriage in mortal peril. It’s also a wild ride of a novel, gorgeously written, by turns comic, lyrical, elegiac, disturbing, and profound. I couldn’t put it down until the startling conclusion.” —Valerie Martin, author of Property and I Give It to You

Martin, a market analyst, and Lily, a corporate attorney, have a life that many would envy—they share an expensive New York apartment with their twin toddlers, sample the delicacies of Manhattan’s finest restaurants, and take Caribbean vacations. But when the couple’s nanny announces her imminent departure, they panic: how will they ever find a replacement capable of managing their spirited boys? Enter Maeve, a young Irish émigré. Neither of them imagines how indispensable she will become, either to the household or to their marriage. As the family’s domestic bliss takes an unexpected turn, a different type of intimacy evolves, leading to an explosive finale.

A captivating, trenchant portrait of class and sexual dynamics, Look at Us reveals just how fragile our social arrangements really are.

T. L. Toma lives with his wife in Portland, Texas.



Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Charged with erotic intensity. . . . Toma draws his world with Cheeverian nuance and flair; he's deeply insightful about the new American culture of 'watchers'--but to me his greatest skill is his ability to summon pure terror." - George Dawes Green

"Look at Us is a scrupulous dissection of a contemporary marriage in mortal peril. It's also a wild ride of a novel, gorgeously written, by turns comic, lyrical, elegiac, disturbing, and profound. I couldn't put it down until the startling conclusion." - Valerie Martin

"This book holds truths of all kinds--private, studied, euphoric, libidinal, and unbecoming--each one a revelation." - Jackie Polzin


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