Book of the Week: The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty by Amanda Filipacchi

Book of the Week: The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty by Amanda Filipacchi

This modern day novel expresses the age-old belief that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It follows Barb and her friends as they navigate societal norms when it comes to appearance. Barb’s close group of friends is shaken up after they lose one of their own to suicide partially due to Barb’s beauty. All of her friends share the artistic gene and hold weekly “Nights of Creation” sessions where they each practice their own talent. Stunning Barb’s is costume making, while Lily, the most talented of them all, plays the piano but is “inoperably ugly” according to Barb. …