Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives

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Read Impossible Views of the World Online Free - A witty, urbane, and sometimes shocking debut novel, set in a hallowed New York museum, in which a co-worker's disappearance and a mysterious map change a life forever.

Stella Krakus, a curator at Manhattan's renowned Central Museum of Art, is having the roughest week in approximately ever. Her soon-to-be ex-husband (the perfectly awful Whit Ghiscolmbe) is stalking her, a workplace romance with "a fascinating, hyper-rational narcissist" is in freefall, and a beloved colleague, Paul, has gone missing. Strange things are afoot: CeMArt's current exhibit is sponsored by a Belgian multinational that wants to take over the world's water supply, she unwittingly stars in a viral video that's making the rounds, and her mother--the imperious, impossibly glamorous Caro--wants to have lunch. It's almost more than she can overanalyze.

But the appearance of a mysterious map, depicting a 19th-century utopian settlement, sends Stella--a dogged expert in American graphics and fluidomanie (don't ask)--on an all-consuming research mission. As she teases out the links between a haunting poem, several unusual novels, a counterfeiting scheme, and one of the museum's colorful early benefactors, she discovers the unbearable secret that Paul's been keeping, and charts a course out of the chaos of her own life.

Pulsing with neurotic humor and dagger-sharp prose, Impossible Views of the World is a dazzling debut novel about how to make it through your early thirties with your brain and heart intact.

Title : Impossible Views of the World
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ISBN : 0735221537
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Lacey rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 06, 2017

First, I would like to thank NetGalley, Penguin Books, and Lucy Ives for a free copy of this book before the publication date in exchange for an honest review. Stella is a curator with a week from hell. To top it all off, her co-worker, Paul, goes missing. Finding a map makes her question everythi...

Theresa rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 30, 2017

Thanks to Penguin's first to read program for an ecopy of this book in exchange for a review. DNF - 15% (but it felt like so much more) I tried really hard to get into this book. It portrayed itself as a mystery when a museum employee goes missing. I love museum mysteries ever since reading The Art...

nikkia rated it ★★★★★

March 19, 2017

Thanks Edewiss for this ARC. We all have to grow up; this is a great awesome book about a woman finds her own power and worth.

Jean rated it ★★★★★

April 02, 2017

I received an ARC of this novel and was blown away. Could not put it down. Will be buying the hardcover for my collection :)

Jillian rated it ★★★★☆

February 06, 2017

Stylish and witty, revolving around a self described sophisticated misanthrope. Stella's had quite the overwhelming week! From her unwavering career focus as the city's art curator, dealing with her self-important and almost ex-husband Wit, her eccentric famous meddling mother, her missing friend...

Amanda rated it ★☆☆☆☆

June 18, 2017

I found this book to be pretentious. It was not an enjoyable read. I hung in there for the whole thing, but I wish that I had quit much earlier. I kept hoping that something would occur to draw me in, but it just never happened. The language was unnecessarily showy, the characters were obnoxious...

Samantha rated it ★★★★★

September 10, 2017

I enjoyed everything about Lucy Ives's Impossible Views of the World. It's delightful from beginning to end. It's a literary, art, and historical mystery. It's also a romcom and a relationship/family drama. And at its heart, it's about a woman's quest for agency. Ives's writing is inventive and o...

Karen rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 25, 2017

The blurb was intriguing so that's what drew me into reading this book. And for the most part it was mildly interesting - there was a great attention to detail in the writing style and that made sense for a book set around a museum and those who worked there. But I also felt this went against the...

Leah rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 08, 2017

While I didn't think this was as pretentious as other readers seemed to believe, there were maybe five pages of dialogue throughout the entire novel and lines-long sentences full of overwrought similes. Hers was a long, bunchy name, like a bag of knots. and the like. Sadly, the mystery and museum-...

Liesl rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 10, 2017

Not for me. I wanted to like this book given its stunning cover and intriguing summary, but found it to be a challenging slog despite the brief length. Ives' writing is far too pretentious to be enjoyable; I constantly had to reread sentences to fully comprehend what was happening. None of the ch...

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