Ultraluminous by Katherine Faw


Girlfriend. Prostitute. Addict. Terrorist? Who is K?Ultraluminous, the daring new novel from Katherine Faw, the brilliant author of Young God, follows one year in the life of a high-end, girlfriend-experience prostitute. She has just returned to her native New York City after more than a decade abroad—in the capitals of Asia and the Middle East, her last stop Dubai, with a man she recalls only as the Sheikh—but it’s unclear why exactly she...

Details Ultraluminous

Release DateDec 5th, 2017
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Womens

Reviews Ultraluminous

  • June
    I watch a Romanian movie where nothing happens for probably two hours. Then the guy starts shooting people with a rifle.Huh. Okay. I just finished this one and I really don't know what to think. I'm sucking off the art guy and he's being an asshole and not coming so I sit back on my heels for a second and look at Manhattan. Cities are inert and don't have feelings. I am the one with feelings.The narrator - unnamed, there are no names in this book...
  • Mickey
    A unique structure of brief (very brief) vignettes illustrate the nameless protagonist's daily life in NYC. She's the paid girlfriend of 4 ultra-wealthy finance-type men. She also sees an ex-military dude with a heroin problem. She does more than her share of heroin while effacing herself enough to allow the men she sees to enact all their sexual fantasies. Life is empty since she lost her true love, the man she lived with in the Middle East, a b...
  • jenni
    there is just too much semen in this book
  • kelly
    I like Katherine Faw. I also liked this book. No one in this short novel has a real name, including the narrator. Everyone she meets assumes she is Russian, so there are a series of Russian-influenced pseudonyms here (Katya, Karina, Katinka) that substitute for her identity. The narrator works as a prostitute, specializing in high end clients and girlfriend-experience type encounters. On constant rotation are her experiences with such clients suc...
  • Gail M
    Money, power and sex -- an appropriate commentary for these times. Quick read, not great literature, a cautionary tale perhaps.
  • Susan
    This book was not what I was expecting. Nor was it anything that would interest me. The main character, "K" or whoever, was a very disassociated "girlfriend type" prostitute, just going through life, day after day. Where was the intrigue? Most of the book was spent with random snippets about her encounters with her clients. And way too much detail about sex! I never felt any connection or sympathy for "K" and spent most of the book waiting for so...
  • Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
    Meet K. New Yorker. Drugstore sushi lover. Heroin-addicted prostitute. With every nihilistic moment she invited you to witness, you found yourself whirling and begging to stay until next day's light.In Katherine Faw's next book, she painted a picture of a thirty-something woman with rigid patterns: dinners, waxing, snorting Heroin, clubbing, and waxing. Alongside those activities, she serviced her favorite clients - five businessmen known via car...
  • Drew
    A blast of light and heat. Ultraluminous, if you will. Faw's style, used so memorably in her debut (Young God), packs a wallop that lands double for its sparseness. With echoes of Glamorama and the last half-decade or so's worth of stark nihilistic film, the novel zips along full of sex and bleak New Yorkness, building towards a conclusion that you know you want to look away from but you can't. And so while the flash blinds you, the afterimage st...
  • Matthew Chua
    Katherine Faw's "Ultraluminous" shows how effective syntactic structure can be in affecting the mood and emotionality of a written work, telling a story all on its own independent of the effectiveness of the transcribed narrative.Admittedly, I have not read Faw's first novel, "Young Gods", so do not know if the way she writes "Ultraluminous" is a representation of a consistent style - but taken solely in the context of how it relates to "Ultralum...