Self-Portrait with Boy

Self-Portrait with Boy

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. Working three jobs, responsible for her aging father, A compulsively readable and electrifying debut about an ambitious young female artist who accidentally photographs a...

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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

  • Katie Brennan
    Feb 18, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    i?d give it 500 stars if i could ...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars Lu Rile is a poor photographer living in a DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) artist in residence warehouse during the 90s. She's abrasive, greedy, solitary and desperate. In the midst of taking a self-portrait, she accidentally captures the image of her neighbor's ...

    Really interesting story. Not necessarily thought-provoking, but it was unique. One of the things I liked the most was actually the writing style. The author doesn?t use quotations to discern between characters or mention who is speaking. It made me try to understand the character...

    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 ...

    This wasn?t quite what I expected, but then I don?t really know what I expected. Lu was a refreshing kind of anti-heroine who I sympathized with the whole time, even though she wasn?t necessarily likeable. Overall a really poignant story. ...

    Read this book! I haven't fallen so deep into a novel in a long while. Gorgeously written, and one of the rare novels situated in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood that doesn't feel at all cloying. ...

  • Sarah
    Mar 22, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    i?d give it 500 stars if i could ...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars Lu Rile is a poor photographer living in a DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) artist in residence warehouse during the 90s. She's abrasive, greedy, solitary and desperate. In the midst of taking a self-portrait, she accidentally captures the image of her neighbor's ...

    Really interesting story. Not necessarily thought-provoking, but it was unique. One of the things I liked the most was actually the writing style. The author doesn?t use quotations to discern between characters or mention who is speaking. It made me try to understand the character...

    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 ...

    This wasn?t quite what I expected, but then I don?t really know what I expected. Lu was a refreshing kind of anti-heroine who I sympathized with the whole time, even though she wasn?t necessarily likeable. Overall a really poignant story. ...

    Read this book! I haven't fallen so deep into a novel in a long while. Gorgeously written, and one of the rare novels situated in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood that doesn't feel at all cloying. ...

    4.5 and so good! It is an incredibly sad story, but it didn't leave me feeling depressed. The writing is beautiful and I'm already looking forward to reading whatever Rachel Lyon does next. ...

  • Elizabeth
    Feb 06, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    i?d give it 500 stars if i could ...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars Lu Rile is a poor photographer living in a DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) artist in residence warehouse during the 90s. She's abrasive, greedy, solitary and desperate. In the midst of taking a self-portrait, she accidentally captures the image of her neighbor's ...

    Really interesting story. Not necessarily thought-provoking, but it was unique. One of the things I liked the most was actually the writing style. The author doesn?t use quotations to discern between characters or mention who is speaking. It made me try to understand the character...

    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 ...

    This wasn?t quite what I expected, but then I don?t really know what I expected. Lu was a refreshing kind of anti-heroine who I sympathized with the whole time, even though she wasn?t necessarily likeable. Overall a really poignant story. ...

    Read this book! I haven't fallen so deep into a novel in a long while. Gorgeously written, and one of the rare novels situated in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood that doesn't feel at all cloying. ...

    4.5 and so good! It is an incredibly sad story, but it didn't leave me feeling depressed. The writing is beautiful and I'm already looking forward to reading whatever Rachel Lyon does next. ...

    Looking for a thriller with a plot that you probably have never considered?  Self-Portrait With Boy is one of the most inventive plot concepts that I've read in a long time and absolutely captivated me. This novel is about a struggling photographer who lives in an artist loft where s...

    4.5 stars. Excellent story, original and compelling, about an edgy young photographer who lives as a squatter in Brooklyn. Art, poverty, and tragedy are the major themes. ...

    I read this book in two breathless reading sessions. Like any real tragedy, the suspense comes not from the events themselves, but the momentum that builds watching them unfold. Lyon has an insider's touch with art world details, and effortlessly captures the particular desperation bor...

  • Eileen
    Apr 28, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    i?d give it 500 stars if i could ...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars Lu Rile is a poor photographer living in a DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) artist in residence warehouse during the 90s. She's abrasive, greedy, solitary and desperate. In the midst of taking a self-portrait, she accidentally captures the image of her neighbor's ...

    Really interesting story. Not necessarily thought-provoking, but it was unique. One of the things I liked the most was actually the writing style. The author doesn?t use quotations to discern between characters or mention who is speaking. It made me try to understand the character...

    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 ...

  • Amy
    Mar 08, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    i?d give it 500 stars if i could ...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars Lu Rile is a poor photographer living in a DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) artist in residence warehouse during the 90s. She's abrasive, greedy, solitary and desperate. In the midst of taking a self-portrait, she accidentally captures the image of her neighbor's ...

    Really interesting story. Not necessarily thought-provoking, but it was unique. One of the things I liked the most was actually the writing style. The author doesn?t use quotations to discern between characters or mention who is speaking. It made me try to understand the character...

    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 ...

    This wasn?t quite what I expected, but then I don?t really know what I expected. Lu was a refreshing kind of anti-heroine who I sympathized with the whole time, even though she wasn?t necessarily likeable. Overall a really poignant story. ...

    Read this book! I haven't fallen so deep into a novel in a long while. Gorgeously written, and one of the rare novels situated in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood that doesn't feel at all cloying. ...

    4.5 and so good! It is an incredibly sad story, but it didn't leave me feeling depressed. The writing is beautiful and I'm already looking forward to reading whatever Rachel Lyon does next. ...

    Looking for a thriller with a plot that you probably have never considered?  Self-Portrait With Boy is one of the most inventive plot concepts that I've read in a long time and absolutely captivated me. This novel is about a struggling photographer who lives in an artist loft where s...

  • Sarah
    Mar 27, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    i?d give it 500 stars if i could ...

    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...

    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...

  • Sandy
    Mar 15, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    i?d give it 500 stars if i could ...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars Lu Rile is a poor photographer living in a DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) artist in residence warehouse during the 90s. She's abrasive, greedy, solitary and desperate. In the midst of taking a self-portrait, she accidentally captures the image of her neighbor's ...

  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    Nov 21, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Christine
    Apr 20, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    i?d give it 500 stars if i could ...

  • Drew
    Jan 21, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Rachel
    Sep 25, 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...

    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...

    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...

  • Karen Raskin
    Apr 29, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    i?d give it 500 stars if i could ...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars Lu Rile is a poor photographer living in a DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) artist in residence warehouse during the 90s. She's abrasive, greedy, solitary and desperate. In the midst of taking a self-portrait, she accidentally captures the image of her neighbor's ...

    Really interesting story. Not necessarily thought-provoking, but it was unique. One of the things I liked the most was actually the writing style. The author doesn?t use quotations to discern between characters or mention who is speaking. It made me try to understand the character...

    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 ...

    This wasn?t quite what I expected, but then I don?t really know what I expected. Lu was a refreshing kind of anti-heroine who I sympathized with the whole time, even though she wasn?t necessarily likeable. Overall a really poignant story. ...

    Read this book! I haven't fallen so deep into a novel in a long while. Gorgeously written, and one of the rare novels situated in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood that doesn't feel at all cloying. ...

    4.5 and so good! It is an incredibly sad story, but it didn't leave me feeling depressed. The writing is beautiful and I'm already looking forward to reading whatever Rachel Lyon does next. ...

    Looking for a thriller with a plot that you probably have never considered?  Self-Portrait With Boy is one of the most inventive plot concepts that I've read in a long time and absolutely captivated me. This novel is about a struggling photographer who lives in an artist loft where s...

    4.5 stars. Excellent story, original and compelling, about an edgy young photographer who lives as a squatter in Brooklyn. Art, poverty, and tragedy are the major themes. ...

  • Emily
    Apr 26, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    i?d give it 500 stars if i could ...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars Lu Rile is a poor photographer living in a DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) artist in residence warehouse during the 90s. She's abrasive, greedy, solitary and desperate. In the midst of taking a self-portrait, she accidentally captures the image of her neighbor's ...

    Really interesting story. Not necessarily thought-provoking, but it was unique. One of the things I liked the most was actually the writing style. The author doesn?t use quotations to discern between characters or mention who is speaking. It made me try to understand the character...

    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 ...

    This wasn?t quite what I expected, but then I don?t really know what I expected. Lu was a refreshing kind of anti-heroine who I sympathized with the whole time, even though she wasn?t necessarily likeable. Overall a really poignant story. ...

  • Emily
    Feb 25, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Anna Luce
    Dec 27, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    i?d give it 500 stars if i could ...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars Lu Rile is a poor photographer living in a DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) artist in residence warehouse during the 90s. She's abrasive, greedy, solitary and desperate. In the midst of taking a self-portrait, she accidentally captures the image of her neighbor's ...

    Really interesting story. Not necessarily thought-provoking, but it was unique. One of the things I liked the most was actually the writing style. The author doesn?t use quotations to discern between characters or mention who is speaking. It made me try to understand the character...

    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 ...

    This wasn?t quite what I expected, but then I don?t really know what I expected. Lu was a refreshing kind of anti-heroine who I sympathized with the whole time, even though she wasn?t necessarily likeable. Overall a really poignant story. ...

    Read this book! I haven't fallen so deep into a novel in a long while. Gorgeously written, and one of the rare novels situated in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood that doesn't feel at all cloying. ...

    4.5 and so good! It is an incredibly sad story, but it didn't leave me feeling depressed. The writing is beautiful and I'm already looking forward to reading whatever Rachel Lyon does next. ...

    Looking for a thriller with a plot that you probably have never considered?  Self-Portrait With Boy is one of the most inventive plot concepts that I've read in a long time and absolutely captivated me. This novel is about a struggling photographer who lives in an artist loft where s...

    4.5 stars. Excellent story, original and compelling, about an edgy young photographer who lives as a squatter in Brooklyn. Art, poverty, and tragedy are the major themes. ...

    I read this book in two breathless reading sessions. Like any real tragedy, the suspense comes not from the events themselves, but the momentum that builds watching them unfold. Lyon has an insider's touch with art world details, and effortlessly captures the particular desperation bor...

    Exquisite. This one is going to stick with me for a long time. ...

    ????? (5 stars) Self-Portrait with Boy is an intensely powerful debut novel, one that tells an all-encompassing and all-consuming story. A small digression: lured by the summary, I was keen to get my hands on Self-Portrait with Boy, however, once I found out that Lyon ...

  • 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...

  • Kathleen Bender
    Mar 08, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    i?d give it 500 stars if i could ...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars Lu Rile is a poor photographer living in a DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) artist in residence warehouse during the 90s. She's abrasive, greedy, solitary and desperate. In the midst of taking a self-portrait, she accidentally captures the image of her neighbor's ...

    Really interesting story. Not necessarily thought-provoking, but it was unique. One of the things I liked the most was actually the writing style. The author doesn?t use quotations to discern between characters or mention who is speaking. It made me try to understand the character...

  • Schatzi Page
    Mar 11, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    i?d give it 500 stars if i could ...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars Lu Rile is a poor photographer living in a DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) artist in residence warehouse during the 90s. She's abrasive, greedy, solitary and desperate. In the midst of taking a self-portrait, she accidentally captures the image of her neighbor's ...

    Really interesting story. Not necessarily thought-provoking, but it was unique. One of the things I liked the most was actually the writing style. The author doesn?t use quotations to discern between characters or mention who is speaking. It made me try to understand the character...

    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 ...

    This wasn?t quite what I expected, but then I don?t really know what I expected. Lu was a refreshing kind of anti-heroine who I sympathized with the whole time, even though she wasn?t necessarily likeable. Overall a really poignant story. ...

    Read this book! I haven't fallen so deep into a novel in a long while. Gorgeously written, and one of the rare novels situated in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood that doesn't feel at all cloying. ...

    4.5 and so good! It is an incredibly sad story, but it didn't leave me feeling depressed. The writing is beautiful and I'm already looking forward to reading whatever Rachel Lyon does next. ...

    Looking for a thriller with a plot that you probably have never considered?  Self-Portrait With Boy is one of the most inventive plot concepts that I've read in a long time and absolutely captivated me. This novel is about a struggling photographer who lives in an artist loft where s...

    4.5 stars. Excellent story, original and compelling, about an edgy young photographer who lives as a squatter in Brooklyn. Art, poverty, and tragedy are the major themes. ...

    I read this book in two breathless reading sessions. Like any real tragedy, the suspense comes not from the events themselves, but the momentum that builds watching them unfold. Lyon has an insider's touch with art world details, and effortlessly captures the particular desperation bor...

    Exquisite. This one is going to stick with me for a long time. ...

  • Brooke
    Mar 18, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...

  • Kathleen Gray
    Jan 31, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    i?d give it 500 stars if i could ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*
    Nov 29, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 & Traveling Sister
    Feb 08, 2018

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Sharif
    Mar 25, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4.5 stars for this impressive debut! RTC. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...