Was She Pretty? by Leanne ShaptonWas She Pretty? by Leanne Shapton

Was She Pretty?

byLeanne Shapton

Paperback | February 2, 2016

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A dreamy exploration of relationships and jealousy . . . pithy and deadpan . . . It's no self-help book." - SalonWhat's left when a relationship ends? Where does jealousy come from? Delicately and sensitively, Leanne Shapton ( Swimming Studies ) ruminates on ex-lovers, and our lovers' ex-lovers. A few expressive pencil lines outline a long-abandoned winter coat here, an ineffably alluring Mona Lisa smile there. Each double page describes the way all exes are captured: as impossible to live up to as a Polaroid taken at a flattering angle.

This new paperback edition of Was She Pretty? brings the reader deep into a circle of phantoms: its intimate liaisons, embarrassing secrets, and sardonic anecdotes. Shapton introduces the obsessives and the dilettantes, the poets and the actresses, the people with great hair and the people with idiosyncratic clothes. As funny as it is insightful, Was She Pretty? speaks to a central human concern: How do we compare? Elegantly drawn and perfectly narrated, the pages of Was She Pretty? are a testimonial to the power of observation and misapprehension.
Leanne Shapton , an illustrator, author, and publisher based in New York City, is a cofounder of J&L Books. She has been the art director of the National Post 's Avenue page and Saturday Night magazine, and from 2008 to 2009 was also the art director for the New York Times Op-Ed page. Shapton is the author of six books: Toronto ;...
Title:Was She Pretty?Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.07 × 7.68 × 0.76 inPublished:February 2, 2016Publisher:Drawn & QuarterlyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770462279

ISBN - 13:9781770462274

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from hmm honestly, i feel it's over the top. it's something people either can or cannot relate to. you'd have to click with it otherwise, toss it out
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Yes, she was, sorta. There is a somewhat melancholic air shrouding the contents of "Was She Pretty?" as I read it. What you make that out to be is entirely your prerogative but I think most readers will be able to relate to the tinge of jealousy, yearning, regret, satisfaction, revelation, and surprise that are embroiled in the emotional conflict when it comes to exes. These feelings colour the pages of this black-and-white illustrated collection. But then again, myself and many of my friends haven't dated muses, models, artists or heiresses, so it can be hard to make that connection of ex-lovers being all that interesting. Add ambivalence as another feeling this book drags up. Regardless, I like the chain of The Confessions of The Exes, although the disruptions are distracting and they seem a tad too random to have any significant bearings on my takeaway from "Was She Pretty?"
Date published: 2016-03-16

Editorial Reviews

Deceivingly simple, Leanne Shapton's Was She Pretty? pairs melancholy, broad-stroked portraits with stories about sundry men and their exes . . . 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. - Entertainment Weekly