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IMPOSSIBLE VIEWS OF THE WORLD is Lucy Ives’s witty and urbane debut novel that introduces us to Stella Krakus, a curator at Manhattan’s renowned Center Museum of Art and a Brooklynite in her early thirties. She also happens to be in the midst of the roughest week in approximately ever: her soon-to-be ex-husband (the perfectly awful Whit Ghiscolmbe) is stalking her; a workplace romance with the “fascinating, hyper-rational narcissist” Fred Lu is in free fall; and a beloved colleague, Paul, has gone missing. When a mysterious map depicting a nineteenth-century utopian settlement appears, Stella embarks on an all-consuming research mission. As she teases out the many links, she discovers the unbearable secret that Paul’s been keeping and charts a course out of the chaos of her own life.
Lucy Ives is the author of several books of poetry and short prose, including The Hermit and the novella nineties. Her writing has appeared in Artforum, Lapham’s Quarterly, and at newyorker.com. For five years she was an editor with the online magazine Triple Canopy. A graduate of Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from New York University. She teaches at the Pratt Institute and is currently editing a collection of writings by the artist Madeline Gins.
Leslie Jamison is the author of The Empathy Exams, a New York Times bestselling essay collection, and a novel, The Gin Closet. Her work has appeared in Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, Oxford American, A Public Space, Boston Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, and the New York Times Sunday Book Review, where she is a regular columnist. She lives in Brooklyn and is an assistant professor at Columbia University. Her next book, The Recovering, will be published in Spring 2018.
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