Self-Portrait with Boy

Self-Portrait with Boy

Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize A compulsively readable and electrifying debut about an ambitious young female artist who accidentally photographs a boy falling to his death?an image that could jumpstart her career, but would also devastate her most intimate friendship. Lu Rile is a relentlessly focused young photographer struggling to make ends meet. Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize A compulsively readable and electrifying debut about...

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Title:Self-Portrait with Boy
Author:Rachel Lyon
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Self-Portrait with Boy
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:376 pages pages

Self-Portrait with Boy Reviews

  • Eileen
    Apr 28, 2018
    I really wanted to love this book and looked forward to reading it. I like what the author was trying to do and the idea behind the book, but feel there were too many little subplots going on. There was the main story of the photograph, there were the issues with living in an artist's ...
  • Sarah
    Mar 27, 2018
    Well, this was certainly bleak. To be fair, it is well written and, once I made it through the first 100 or so pages, the action and suspense amped up enough to keep me engaged. The story itself is extremely unsettling. Lu Rile, the book's narrator epitomizes the term "starving artis...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    Nov 21, 2017
    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Tragedy is insignifigant, banal.' Is it? Lu Rile is hungry, to be something in the art world, to make her mark no matter what. Art is to be seen, be it disturbing or not. Is it her fault if the photo that could make her career ha...
  • Heather
    Jun 20, 2018
    Really original novel with a very distinct and interesting narrator's voice. I really liked the pacing of the book too, and I thought the author did a great job making the narrator's central conundrum believable. I maybe could have done without the supernatural elements, but they weren...
  • Jan Pitts
    Mar 27, 2018
    Bleak and boring. ...
  • Christine
    Apr 20, 2018
    Wow! What a strong debut! I loved the original writing of this story... AND the originality OF this story! What I didn't like is the lack of using quotation marks! Why is this now a "thing"? I'm seeing it in many books these days! I usually don't even bother borrowing them from the lib...
  • Vivek Tejuja
    Feb 13, 2018
    2018 is already turning out to be an exciting year for books. I say this because all the books I?ve read so far, the ones published this year, have been superb reads. And ?Self-Portrait with Boy? is the latest addition to that list. Lu Rile is a young photographer struggling t...
  • Christopher
    Dec 26, 2017
    i?d give it 500 stars if i could ...
  • Heather O'Neill
    Mar 25, 2018
    Lu Rile is a struggling artist living in NY during the early 90s. One day Lu is taking a picture of herself (for her self portrait series) and she happens to capture the moment of a young boy falling to his death. The picture is magnificent and Lu wants to do everything she can to get ...
  • Drew
    Jan 21, 2018
    Unexpected, in so many ways. A terrific entry into the "artists-in-pre-21st-Century-NYC" canon, one of the best novels about a photographer I think I've ever read, and a story about being haunted by all kinds of things. It's a bit of a slow start but the book works on you and then you ...
  • Kris
    Nov 23, 2018
    Words can?t express how hard I hated this book. Given the title & description, I thought this was going to be a moral struggle story where the main character is wrestling with whether or not to take her big break off the back of her best friend?s personal tragedy. Instead, ...
  • Rachel
    Sep 25, 2017
    I was blown away by this book. Self-Portrait with Boy is a ruthless examination of the cost of success for a young hopeful photographer. Lu Rile is in her late 20s, squatting in an Artists in Residence abandoned-warehouse-turned-apartment in Brooklyn which is so run down it should b...
  • Kelli
    Jun 14, 2018
    I had this book out of the library for six weeks and it took me about that long to decide this isn?t the book for me. I have tried so hard to stick with it because it could be an incredible story but I found that I didn?t want to pick it up, and when I did, it felt like a slog to r...
  • Karen
    May 12, 2018
    A great idea for a book. The first two chapters were intriguing. After that, I wondered if anyone had actually edited this book. Difficult to even explain why I don't like it and why I think it can't really have been edited - the narrator's voice becomes annoying and a lot if it is sim...
  • Emily
    Feb 25, 2018
    Self-Portrait With Boy is structured around a photograph taken by the main character, Lu Rile, in which she accidentally captures something tragic (this is described on the book's cover, but I won't spoil it here) and has to decide whether or not to keep the image and use it to further...
  • Ryan
    Nov 15, 2017
    The coming of age, 1990's NYC art-world drama and supernatural thriller we've all been waiting for. I firmly believe only smart people can write smart characters, and in that regard Lyon is a genius; a page turner that propels you not because of gimmicks or cliff-hangers, but because y...
  • KC
    Mar 07, 2018
    In the early 90s Brooklyn, NY is on the verge of gentrification. Starving and struggling photographer Lu Rile just needs one big break. Working 3 jobs to pay for her film equipment, developing, and rent in a warehouse tenement, she decides to embark upon a new project called "self-port...
  • Robert Blumenthal
    May 31, 2018
    This is a visceral, very strong novel that deals with the subject of the need for some people to make art and expose it to the world no matter what the consequences. The author takes the almost totally improbable concept of a young photographer. Lu, who is very poor taking a self-portr...
  • Fran
    Dec 05, 2017
    Lu Rile, a dirt poor twenty-six year old photographer, lived in an abandoned warehouse in Brooklyn, New York. The landlord allowed artists to squat in his cheap, ill-repaired lofts. Gentrification would eventually force apartment dwellers to accept buy-outs. Barren streets with crumbli...
  • Trevor
    Mar 18, 2018
    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...
  • Kathleen Gray
    Jan 31, 2018
    An impressive debut which richly deserves the kudos it has received. Lu Rile is an artist living in a warehouse in Dumbo in 1991. Lyon has captured the time and the location wonderfully. I can visualize not only the loft but also the supermarket where she works (and her boss!). She's c...
  • Janelle
    Apr 10, 2018
    Thank you so much to Scribner for providing my free copy of SELF-PORTRAIT WITH BOY by Rachel Lyon - all opinions are my own. I knew immediately when I read the synopsis that this book was the one to read. It?s a well-written, very unique, haunting debut novel about a struggling y...
  • Maddie Kizer
    Sep 04, 2018
    There were several things I appreciated about this book, and several things I did not. For one, it frustrated me that I could never tell if I liked the main character or not. The main character is Lu Rile, a twenty seven year old struggling to make ends meet for herself while also taki...
  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*
    Nov 29, 2017
    I was immediately drawn to the provocative premise of this book. It's the late 1980s. Young, struggling female NYC photographer Lu Rile lives in a former warehouse; a crumbling, illegal building of lofts. Lu's latest project has been taking a self-portrait each day. So far the result...
  • Nancy
    Dec 06, 2017
    Art is rooted in experience, and artists plumb their lives for their art. I think of F. Scott Fitzgerald and how he appropriated Zelda's letters and diaries and story for his work, or Thomas Wolfe whose first novel Look Homeward, Angel caused a ruckus in his hometown that was so thinly...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Feb 08, 2018
    4 original and artsy stars to Self-Portrait with Boy! ? ? ? ? I requested this book thanks to my GR friend, Fran. Thank you, Fran! Rachel Lyon has a unique voice and style, and this book?s premise was completely original. Lu was a photographer working three jobs to make e...
  • Marjorie
    Feb 01, 2018
    Oh how Lu Rile longs to make her mark in the photography world. She has struggled so hard and her art means everything to her. During a series of self-portraits, she inadvertently captures the fatal fall of a young boy past her window. The resulting photograph is her masterpiece, the w...
  • Kira FlowerChild
    Feb 26, 2018
    Not quite sure how to review this book. There are really only two major moments in the story: The moment when Lu Rile discovers she has accidentally caught a nine-year-old boy's fall from the roof of her building on film, and the moment when the boy's parents, Kate and Steve, discover ...
  • Chris Mara
    Sep 07, 2018
    This is a book about art, photography, a set of mismatched artistic neighbors in a delapidated New York warehouse sectioned off into ?apartments? and run by a slumlord. Lu is our main character, a young photographer, yearning for her break, personally, financially and into the art ...
  • Sharif
    Mar 25, 2018
    Self-Portrait with Boy is narrated by Lu Rile, an artist photographer in her mid-twenties struggling to make ends meet while living in pre-gentrified Brooklyn during the early ?90s. The primary pulse of the novel centers around a self-portrait photograph Lu serendipitously took of a ...