Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives

Impossible Views of the World

Lucy Ives

Impossible Views of the World is a dazzling debut novel about how to make it through your early thirties with your mind and heart intact.

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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.

Advance Galley Reviews

An uneven book, with awkward narration and a disorganized, inconsistent voice, but some truly breathtaking imagery popping out here and there. The overall construction of the story was intricate and impressive -- I don't know that I've ever read a book quite like it. The use of history and art was great. The use of character a little less impressive. There are also some glaring issues with understanding quite what Stella's job is, what her goals are, why she does things from one hour to the next. I feel like I have spent time in her head and don't know her well. But I finished and the overwhelming feeling was that this story was just so darn interesting -- I'm still interested. Wait, stick around and finish your story! I have so many questions! There's a useful timeline in the back of the book that might help sort some things out as you read. And even though I have mixed feelings about how well it's written, I recommend it to folks looking for a good museum mystery. There's some good stuff in here. I got a free copy to review from First to Read.


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