Look at Me

Look at Me


by Mareike Krügel
JUN 2018

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Pub Date: 28 June, 2018
Extent: 288pp
Format: Paperback
Rights: World English: Text Publishing

Translated by Imogen Taylor

Read a chapter sample from Look at Me.

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 up…can you? And wasn’t there supposed to be more to life than this?


'With a heroine so well-realised she feels like a friend, and piercingly true ruminations on the strange courses that life can take, Look At Me is a wildly impressive English-language debut.’ —Culturefly [UK]

‘Kat and her family are deeply flawed but likeable characters; you want to cheer them on...A good read, suitable for long, dark evenings.’ —Otago Daily Times

‘For all the chaos of Katharina’s life and for all the humour of her narrative voice, this well-written and surprisingly complex novel has an unexpected gravitas.’ —Age

‘Definitely one of those “read in one sitting”, “hard to put down” books.’ —Nudge Books

‘An enjoyable and thought provoking read.’ —MindFood

‘Funny, moving and thought-provoking.’ —BookMooch


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