The Savage Girl by Alex Shakar

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In the wake of her sister Ivy's widely publicized suicide attempt, Ursula Van Urden arrives in the metropolis of Middle City with hopes of starting her own life anew. In an attempt to understand the events leading up to her sister's breakdown, Ursula meets Ivy's mysterious boyfriend, Chas Lacouture, and joins his trendspotting firm, Tomorrow, Ltd. Armed with only a sketch pad and the mandate to "find the future," she begins an odyssey into the strangely intoxicating world of trendspotting where one lesson prevails: At the heart of every product lies a paradox, and when cultivated successfully, it yields untold riches. As Ivy's delusions grow stronger and more apocalyptic, Ursula's observations of a filthy, rodent-eating homeless girl -- an urban savage -- lead to an elaborate advertising scheme gone awry that has unexpected consequences.


About Alex Shakar

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Alex Shakar is the author of the story collection "City in Love", which won the 1996 National Fiction Competition and was published by The Fiction Collective. It was an Independent Presses Editors' "Pick of the Year." Shakar graduated from Yale University in 1990, was a Michener Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 288 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ursula justifies her new career by listening to Javier, “This man who rhapsodizes about bubble pipes and weaves divinity into fishtail hems.” Once the savage look is launched, however, a new crisis emerges: it seems that Gen-X irony just isn’t working on preadolescent “tween” consumers, and so th...

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The plot then surges wildly ahead as deluded Ivy seeks boundless fame, Ursula seeks a decent life and Chas seeks his next fortune.

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