Just like Beauty is a brilliantly inventive debut
novel that blends adolescent angst and cultural satire and is set in a
disconcertingly not-so-distant future complete with high-tech food, mutant
animals, socially sanctioned violence, and despoliation of the planet. This
surprising combination gives author Lisa Lerner a fresh and funny way to
explore family dynamics, gender roles, competitiveness, and the “beauty myth” in a society that keeps reinventing them anew for each generation.
A plague of mutant grasshoppers is invading American
suburbia. An underground suicide cult is gaining national prominence. Gangs of
teenage boys with blow torches run amok. But what really has fourteen-year-old
Edie Stein distracted from her town’s annual Feminine Woman of Conscience
Pageant is Lana Grimaldi, the sexy girl next door. How does a feminine woman of
conscience deal with her?
Just like Beauty offers
a comically trenchant look at where our culture is heading and the absurdity
that passes for ordinary. Download and start listening now!