Nisha Gopalan
November 10, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Was She Pretty?

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Leanne Shapton
publisher
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A

Deceivingly simple, Leanne Shapton’s Was She Pretty pairs melancholy, broad-stroked portraits with stories about sundry men and their exes…in just a few sentences.

For Fans of…
The Nails’ song ”88 Lines About 44 Women”; Jules and Jim.

Does It Deliver?
Droll gemlike lines (”Alasdair’s ex-girlfriend was his first cousin…. They were a close-knit clan of eccentric and photogenic aristocrats”) will amuse, then leave you wistful and wanting more.

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