Impossible views of the world / Lucy Ives.

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      Summary: "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"-- Provided by publisher.
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      IVES, L. Impossible views of the world. [s. l.]: Penguin Press, 2017. ISBN 9780735221536. Disponível em: Acesso em: 10 ago. 2020.
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      Ives L. Impossible Views of the World. Penguin Press; 2017. Accessed August 10, 2020.
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      Ives, L. (2017). Impossible views of the world. Penguin Press.
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      Ives, Lucy. 2017. Impossible Views of the World. Penguin Press.
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      Ives, Lucy. Impossible Views of the World. Penguin Press, 2017. EBSCOhost,
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      Ives, Lucy. Impossible Views of the World. Penguin Press, 2017.
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Booklist Reviews 2017 July #1

Paul Coral, head cataloger for the Central Museum of Art, in New York City, is dead. Stella Krakus, a young assistant curator, finds a map in his office that she is sure was left for her. The map shows the fictional land of Elysia, "a place where no one mourns, / And nothing irreplaceable is lost, / And nothing lost is irretrievable," which leads her into the archives to discover a Wonderland-esque book from the 1840s. As she travels further down the rabbit hole of secret societies and bequests, her personal life continues its shambling trajectory—her ex-husband won't stay away, and it turns out having an affair with her boss was a pretty bad idea. Stella is like Hannah Horvath from Girls—smart, with an equal tendency toward snark and introspection—living in From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. The novel sends up the museum world, with pretentious art folks courting corporate dollars and the usual office politics, but maintains a sense of something larger, even magical, working in the background. Brainy, hipster fun. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2017 June #2

Ives's smart and singular debut novel chronicles what turns out to be a big week in the life of Stella Kraus, a petite and observant map expert for a Manhattan museum resembling the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Over the course of seven days, Stella works through the one-sided residual effects of an affair with an inscrutable colleague being groomed to run the museum. Stella also copes with her soon-to-be-ex-husband's inappropriate appearances at her work and work functions, eventually taking the matter into her own hands, so to speak. And what about the disappearance of a male colleague? The illustrated map Stella discovers while snooping in his office quickly becomes an obsession as she attempts to determine its provenance by embarking on a sort of scavenger hunt. Ives maximizes her story's humor with subtlety; a line here and there is enough to call attention to the absurdity of, for instance, the museum's corporate benefactor's attempt to secure the world's water rights. She also isn't afraid to make her heroine unlikable, which works in the novel's favor. Ives's prose and storytelling feel deliberately obtuse at times, requiring readers to slow down to fully immerse themselves in the narrative's nuances, but the result is an odd and thoroughly satisfying novel. (Aug.)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.