Ultraluminous: A Novel by Katherine Faw

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Ultraluminous, the daring new novel from Katherine Faw, the brilliant author of Young God, follows one year in the life of a high-end, girlfriend-experience prostitute. She has just returned to her native New York City after more than a decade abroad—in the capitals of Asia and the Middle East, her last stop Dubai, with a man she recalls only as the Sheikh—but it’s unclear why exactly she’s come back. Did things go badly for her? Does she have scores to settle?

Regardless, she has quickly made herself at home. She’s set up a rotation of clients—all of them in finance, and each of whom has different delusions of how he is important to her. And she’s also met a man whom she doesn’t charge—a damaged former Army Ranger, back from Afghanistan, and a fellow long-time heroin addict.

Her days are strangely orderly: a repetition of dinners, personal grooming, museum exhibitions, sex, Duane Reades (she likes the sushi), cosmology, sex, gallery shows, heroin, sex, and art films (which she finds soothing). The pattern is comforting, but does she really believe it’s sustainable? Or do the barely discernible rifts in her routine suggest that something else is percolating under the surface? Could she have fallen for one of her bankers? Or do those supposed rifts suggest a pattern within the pattern, a larger scheme she’s not showing us, a truth that won’t be revealed until we can see everything?

Title : Ultraluminous: A Novel
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ISBN : 0374279667
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 196 pages


Jessica rated it ★★★☆☆

February 03, 2018

Self-destructive women engaging in explicit drugs, sex, and violence is a niche sub-genre that isn't for everyone, but if you're a fan of these raw and unflinching books, Ultraluminous might be just what you're looking for. I saw a review calling it American Psycho for women, and I can definitely...

June rated it ★★★☆☆

November 29, 2017

I watch a Romanian movie where nothing happens for probably two hours. Then the guy starts shooting people with a rifle. Huh. Okay. I just finished this one and I really don't know what to think. I'm sucking off the art guy and he's being an asshole and not coming so I sit back on my heels for a s...

jenni rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 11, 2018

there is just too much semen in this book

Allison rated it ★★★★☆

January 16, 2018

I read this strange and disturbing book after reading Alexandra Schwartz's review in the New Yorker. I couldn't put it down, but with a "can't look away" feeling. I won't recommend this book to just anyone, but if you can stand it, read it. It will stay with me for a long time. https://www.newyor...

Mickey rated it ★★★★★

December 24, 2017

A unique structure of brief (very brief) vignettes illustrate the nameless protagonist's daily life in NYC. She's the paid girlfriend of 4 ultra-wealthy finance-type men. She also sees an ex-military dude with a heroin problem. She does more than her share of heroin while effacing herself enough...

emmilina rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 07, 2018

I received this book in a giveaway in return for a review. Thanks to Farrar Straus and Giroux! The first 2/3 of the book read like the daily journal of a high class call girl; her hair appointments and manicures, along with snippets of her dates with 5 or 6 “regular” clients who have no real names...

kelly rated it ★★★★☆

November 21, 2017

I like Katherine Faw. I also liked this book. No one in this short novel has a real name, including the narrator. Everyone she meets assumes she is Russian, so there are a series of Russian-influenced pseudonyms here (Katya, Karina, Katinka) that substitute for her identity. The narrator works as...

Kassie rated it ★★★★☆

January 17, 2018

Like a dark strange fever dream. It was a poetic and intentionally vague and misleading. This book vacillated between being a very sexy and then suddenly repellent book about sex work. Really liked it.

Gail rated it ★★★☆☆

December 13, 2017

Money, power and sex -- an appropriate commentary for these times. Quick read, not great literature, a cautionary tale perhaps.

Susan rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 05, 2017

This book was not what I was expecting. Nor was it anything that would interest me. The main character, "K" or whoever, was a very disassociated "girlfriend type" prostitute, just going through life, day after day. Where was the intrigue? Most of the book was spent with random snippets about her...

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