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Impossible Views of the World - A Novel

Lucy Ives

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 Stella Krakus, a curator at Manhattan's renowned Central Museum of Art, is having the roughest week in approximately ever. Her soon-to-be ex-husband (the perfectly awful Whit Ghiscolmbe) is stalking her, a workplace romance with "a fascinating, hyper-rational narcissist" is in freefall, and a beloved colleague, Paul, has gone missing. Strange things are afoot: CeMArt's current exhibit is sponsored by a Belgian multinational that wants to take over the world's water supply, she unwittingly stars in a viral video that's making the rounds, and her mother--the imperious, impossibly glamorous Caro--wants to have lunch. It's almost more than she can overanalyze. But the appearance of a mysterious map, depicting a 19th-century utopian settlement, sends Stella--a dogged expert in American graphics and fluidomanie (don't ask)--on an all-consuming research mission. As she teases out the links between a haunting poem, several unusual novels, a counterfeiting scheme, and one of the museum's colorful early benefactors, she discovers the unbearable secret that Paul's been keeping, and charts a course out of the chaos of her own life. Pulsing with neurotic humor and dagger-sharp prose, Impossible Views of the World is a dazzling debut novel about how to make it through your early thirties with your brain and heart intact. From the Hardcover edition.

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 Stella Krakus, a curator at Manhattan's renowned Central Museum of Art, is having the roughest week in approximately ever. Her soon-to-be ex-husband (the perfectly awful Whit Ghiscolmbe) is stalking her, a workplace romance with "a fascinating, hyper-rational narcissist" is in freefall, and a beloved colleague, Paul, has gone missing. Strange things are afoot: CeMArt's current exhibit is sponsored by a Belgian multinational that wants to take over the world's water supply, she unwittingly stars in a viral video that's making the rounds, and her mother--the imperious, impossibly glamorous Caro--wants to have lunch. It's almost more than she can overanalyze. But the appearance of a mysterious map, depicting a 19th-century utopian settlement, sends Stella--a dogged expert in American graphics and fluidomanie (don't ask)--on an all-consuming research mission. As she teases out the links between a haunting poem, several unusual novels, a counterfeiting scheme, and one of the museum's colorful early benefactors, she discovers the unbearable secret that Paul's been keeping, and charts a course out of the chaos of her own life. Pulsing with neurotic humor and dagger-sharp prose, Impossible Views of the World is a dazzling debut novel about how to make it through your early thirties with your brain and heart intact. From the Hardcover edition.
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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 Stella Krakus, a curator at Manhattan's renowned Central Museum of Art, is having the roughest week in approximately ever. Her soon-to-be ex-husband (the perfectly awful Whit Ghiscolmbe) is stalking her, a workplace romance with "a fascinating, hyper-rational narcissist" is in freefall, and a beloved colleague, Paul, has gone missing. Strange things are afoot: CeMArt's current exhibit is sponsored by a Belgian multinational that wants to take over the world's water supply, she unwittingly stars in a viral video that's making the rounds, and her mother--the imperious, impossibly glamorous Caro--wants to have lunch. It's almost more than she can overanalyze. But the appearance of a mysterious map, depicting a 19th-century utopian settlement, sends Stella--a dogged expert in American graphics and fluidomanie (don't ask)--on an all-consuming research mission. As she teases out the links between a haunting poem, several unusual novels, a counterfeiting scheme, and one of the museum's colorful early benefactors, she discovers the unbearable secret that Paul's been keeping, and charts a course out of the chaos of her own life. Pulsing with neurotic humor and dagger-sharp prose, Impossible Views of the World is a dazzling debut novel about how to make it through your early thirties with your brain and heart intact. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Cassandra Campbell

Length:

9h 5m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:05


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:31


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:05


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:13


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:49


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:24


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:45


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:00


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:20


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:45


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:33


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:13


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:02


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:57


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:33


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:53


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:45


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:04


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:44


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:47


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:56


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:13


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:15


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:32


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:16


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:20


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:20


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:43


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:16


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:14


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:11


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:49


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:53


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:44


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:48


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:39


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:02


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:52


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:00


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:39


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:54


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:33


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:28


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:31


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:08


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:15


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:12


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:25


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:06


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:11


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:50


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:10


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:54


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:42


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:36


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:53


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:20


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:31


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:49


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:39


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:17


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:06


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:03


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:51


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:28


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:00


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:49


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:09


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:20


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:46


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:56


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:46


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:05


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:50


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:14


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:00


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:13


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:51


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:35


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:11


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:23


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:02


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:05


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:18


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:44


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:18


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:58


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

00:31