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


Reviews


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...


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...


jenni rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 11, 2018

there is just too much semen in this book


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...


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...


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...


Latanya (CraftyScribbles) rated it ★★★☆☆

September 09, 2017

Meet K. New Yorker. Drugstore sushi lover. Heroin-addicted prostitute. With every nihilistic moment she invited you to witness, you found yourself whirling and begging to stay until next day's light. In Katherine Faw's next book, she painted a picture of a thirty-something woman with rigid pattern...


Drew rated it ★★★★★

November 30, 2017

A blast of light and heat. Ultraluminous, if you will. Faw's style, used so memorably in her debut (Young God), packs a wallop that lands double for its sparseness. With echoes of Glamorama and the last half-decade or so's worth of stark nihilistic film, the novel zips along full of sex and bleak...





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