JUST LIKE BEAUTY is a first novel that places a timeless theme -- the adolescent yearning for love from mothers (and others) -- against a jarringly futuristic backdrop of high-tech food, mutant animals, socially sanctioned violence, and despoliation of the planet. This surprising juxtaposition gives author Lisa Lerner a fresh and funny way to explore family dynamics, gender roles, competitiveness, and "the beauty myth" in a society that keeps reinventing them anew for each generation. In the mold of Don Delillo's White Noise, JUST LIKE BEAUTY offers a comically trenchant look at where our culture is heading and the absurdity that passes for ordinary.

by Lisa Lerner
Farrar, Straus & Giroux