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Katharina's husband isn't coming home for the weekend - again - so she's on her own. When their chaotic daughter Helli has a nosebleed, Kat has to dash off to school to pick her up.

Then their son, Alex, announces he's bringing his new girlfriend home for the first time. Kat's best friend from college is coming around tonight too, and she's wondering if she should try to seduce him - but first she needs to do the shopping, the vacuuming and the laundry, deal with an exploding clothes-dryer, find their neighbour's severed thumb in the front yard and catch a couple of escaped rodents.

When she's got all that sorted, perhaps she'll have time to think about the thing she's been trying not to think about - the lump she's just found in her breast. Because you can't just die and leave a huge mess for someone else to clean upacan you? And wasn't there supposed to be more to life than this?
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PRODUCT DETAILS

  • Title: Look at Me
  • Author: Mareike Krugel, Imogen Taylor
  • Publisher: The Text Publishing Company
  • ISBN: 9781925603354
  • Width: 154.0 millimetre
  • Languages: English
  • Format: PaperBack
  • Category: General Fiction , Literature
  • Publication Date: 26/02/2018
  • Pages: 288
  • Height: 26.0 millimetre
  • Weight: 364.0 gram
  • Country of publication: Australia

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15/02/2018 8:13:28 PM - Marianne
funny, moving and a bit thought-provoking.
Look At Me is the fourth novel by award-winning German author Marieke Krugel and the first to be translated into English. It’s Friday, and Katharina Theodoroulakis is really not having a good day. Her husband Costas won’t be home from Berlin for their usual weekend of arguments and making up because of a work do he must attend. Kat could go, but her former flatmate from Uni happens to have a music gig in town, so he'll visit. That means making up the spare room and collecting him from the station. In fact, Kat’s to do list is just getting longer, and annoying things keep her from ticking off her tasks. Things like her 11-year-old daughter Helli’s nosebleed (a regular occurrence when school is boring). Seventeen-year-old Alex turns up with early from school wanting lunch just as they are searching for next-door neighbour Theo’s severed thumb. Parents of her kindergarten music class keep ringing with petty matters. Then Costas keeps texting with conciliatory messages. Her younger sister Sissi is having dramas with her composer lover. The clothes dryer bursts into flames in the middle of a full load, and the pet rats, Pink and Floyd, are not in their cage. Alex (whom she was fully expecting to reveal his homosexuality any time soon) is headed out on a date with a living Barbie doll. Helli confesses a need for tampons, and not for her nose (What! When did that happen?). And two weeks ago, she noticed something in her breast. It’s a secret she has not shared, even with her closest family or friends. Without any tests or a professional diagnosis (and this will definitely irritate some readers), Kat assumes the worst, principally because she has a significant family history of terminal cancers. This knowledge now underlies everything she does, everything she thinks about. As down-to-earth Kat matter-of-factly deals with one crisis after another, calmly, without drama or hysterics (except perhaps for one alcohol-induced incident), she is continually reminded that soon it won’t matter and this may be the last time that… And yet there is nothing morbid here. If anything, this is a book filled with humour (much of it rather dark), as well as a good number of insightful observations about human behaviour, about innocence, about chaos, about the smartphone society, about our interconnectedness, about friendship, about life, about love. Krugel’s characters are quirky and rather endearing; her plot is utterly believable and ends on a stirring note. Flawlessly translated from German by Imogen Taylor, this novel is funny, moving and a bit thought-provoking.
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