Department of English

The Savage Girl (Harper Perennial, 2002)

Wed, July 2, 2008

 "It's exciting to meet an author who's unafraid of heights." --New York Times Book Review

"A seer with extraordinary literary skills and a piquant sense of humor."--Chicago Tribune 

"Shakar's deft, funny debut novel is a satirical examination of the forces that drive advertising and consumption...Shakar paints an unflattering portrait of the world of marketing, with its absurd product pitches, insipid jargon and imagined "synergies," and he populates his book with an inspired cast of grotesques, the most likable of whom were normal people before they sold themselves to the industry. —Kevin Greenberg

“An exceptionally smart and likable first novel that tries valiantly to ransom Beauty from its commercial captors.”  Jonathan Franzen

Alex Shakar's first novel won the FC2 National Fiction Competition. The Savage Girl was selected as a New York Times Notable Book and a Booksense 76 Pick, and has been translated into six foreign languages. His story collection City in Love was selected as an Independent Presses Editors Pick of the Year. A native of Brooklyn, NY, he currently teaches fiction in Champaign-Urbana and lives in Chicago with his wife, the composer Olivia Block.  His supervisor was Zulfikar Ghose.


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