Radiant Shimmering Light

Radiant Shimmering Light

Book - 2018
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A nuanced satire--both hilarious and disconcerting--that probes the blurred lines between empowerment, spirituality, and consumerism in our online lives.

Lilian Quick is 40, single, and childless, working as a pet portrait artist. She paints the colored light only she can see, but animal aura portraits are a niche market at best. She's working hard to build her brand on social media and struggling to pay the rent.

Her estranged cousin has become internet-famous as "Eleven" Novak, the face of a massive feminine lifestyle empowerment brand, and when Eleven comes to town on tour, the two women reconnect. Despite twenty years of unexplained silence, Eleven offers Lilian a place at The Temple, her Manhattan office. Lilian accepts, moves to New York, and quickly enrolls in The Ascendency, Eleven's signature program: an expensive, three-month training seminar on leadership, spiritual awakening, and marketing. Eleven is going to help her cousin become her best self: confident, affluent, and self-actualized.

In just three months, Lilian's life changes drastically: She learns how to break her negative thought patterns, achieves financial solvency, grows an active and engaged online following, and builds authentic friendships. She finally feels seen for who she really is. Success! . . . But can Lilian trust everything Eleven says? This compelling, heartfelt satire asks us: How do we recognize authenticity when storytelling and magic have been co-opted by marketing?

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.
ISBN: 9781635571806
Branch Call Number: FIC SELECKY, S.
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 20, 2019

I really enjoyed this book and I haven't read fiction in awhile. First of all I liked the fact that the characters use modern technology although that is not the focus of the book. I found the spirituality aspect interesting and the fact that the main character is an artist. The author is an excellent writer who is tuned in to the modern issues people deal with today. I recommend this book.

IndyPL_KatieF Feb 04, 2019

This novel is an entertaining satire of social media influencer culture. I was never bored reading it, but in the end was left wanting more from the main character and the way she evolved.


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