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    Diana Wagman
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Wanted: Woman to talk to. Three nights a week. Three hundred dollars a night. Skin Deep is about the unusual young woman who answers this ad.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Martha Ward is twenty -eight.

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Diana Wagman is the author of five novels. Her second, Spontaneous, won the 2001 PEN West Award for Fiction. Her latest is Life from Ig Publishing

Wanted: Woman to talk to. Diana Wagman is the author of five novels. Her latest is Life from Ig Publishing. She is an occasional contributor to the Los Angeles Times and has been published in many literary journals, most recently Black Clock and the n+1 anthology, MFA vs NYC. Books by Diana Wagman. Mor. rivia About Skin Deep.

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Wagman’s (Bump; Spontaneous; Skin Deep) fourth novel shines is in its complex character development. October is an ordinary girl. From her plain looks to her average grades, there seems to be nothing special about her. She gives readers an in-depth, realistic look at the psychological factors motivating her characters, from the shallowness of the celebrities to the insecurities of the teenagers. Wagman has crafted a dark, funny and sensitive thriller that might be the first of its kind: the Oedipal abduction tale. Dark, absurd and hysterically funny.

Three hundred dollars a night. Martha Ward is twenty -eight, an ex-topless waitress, and part-time mother of an eight-year-old. She drives to Malibu for her new job and discovers she must dress entirely in blue -body, hand, hair, even face, completely covered- and talk to a man named Dr. Hamilton.

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Diana Wagman is the author of six novels. Her first, Skin Deep, was called an extraordinary debut by The New York Times. Her fourth, The Care & Feeding of Exotic Pets, was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers finalist and optioned for a feature film.

Skin Deep is about the unusual young woman who answers this ad.

A haunting novel that explores the human compulsion to be beautiful

What does it mean to be beautiful? That's the central question at the core of Skin Deep, the first novel by Diana Wagman, who has just published her fourth, The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets. Wagman says her protagonist, Martha, comes back to her now and then, and I can see why.
Martha, a 28-year old divorcee, who has just resigned as a cocktail waitress, sees her 8-year old daughter every other week-end and doesn't know how to love her. She otherwise drifts through time feeling lost and unlovable in a city that hovers between violence and artificiality.
No wonder - Martha's mother was as crazy as literary [or real life] mothers come. She lives in a city that prizes above all things beauty, which for a skinny girl with unruly carrot-red hair is an impossible challenge. Martha has not had a good start in life and, in effect, and without realizing her own motives, she has relinquished her daughter to her ex-husband and his new wife, so that her daughter might not be tainted by her mother's distress.

Psychologist would have a field day with these characters - attachment disorder is a common response to childhood trauma and every female in the novel seems to struggle with an inability to belong or to claim what rightfully belongs to them.

Wagman places us often in Martha's head so we come to know her and care for her. When she comes upon an ad seeking a woman to spend three hours a night with a man, talking, alarm bells go off as Martha lands in a macabre scenario: covered head to toe in a hotel room night after night talking to a disenchanted and often bereft doctor about beauty. She knows little about him; he comes to know much about her, so much so that she finds herself perhaps more exposed that when in her half-naked waitress job, but what she reveals is beyond the physical to skin deep.

Under cover of costume and anonymity, Martha begins to find her voice, and touches the heart of a man who seems to have given up on humanity. Or, is he yet another of the controlling men that populate Martha's life - her surrogate father, her husband, the physical fitness guru currently in her bed and dictating her beauty regimen - all searching for an antidote to loneliness?

In this panoply of negligent or abusive parents, anxious children, and angry and lonely adults, whom we might have written off as at best disinteresting and at worst pathetic, Wagman presents their most tender inner core. We get them, and we root for Martha, who wants so much to be more beautiful than she believes she is.

The novel is edgy, suspenseful, engaging and smart. And it's got heart. Wagman suggests in Skin Deep that even in this crazy world, and in the crazy place called Los Angeles, there is real beauty. I hear her novel Spontaneous is pretty fabulous and I look forward to reading the newest.
The writing in this book is first rate, the main character fascinating, but the plot falters and the story ultimately failed. The best thing about this first novel -- and if there's one thing to get right, this is it -- is the writing. The main character, Martha Ward, eventually drove me nuts because she was just so passive and allowed herself to be carried through life, not unlike the leaf blowing in the wind at the begininng of Forrest Gump. Novelist Diana Wagman does a beautiful job of weaving the past elements of Ward's life into her current predicament but here's my problem: no one lives this way. With no friends, virtually no committments AND with no problem paying bills or making a living, Ward is just plain unbelievable. Even before the mysterious Dr. Hamiltion began paying Ward $900 a week just to talk about beauty, Ward had not a financial care in the world thanks to her ex-husband who, amazingly, paid all her bills. I'm sorry but that's so distant from real life that it bothered me immensely. Also, there were way too many how Ward goes to get plastic surgery and discovers, well, I don't want to ruin it for those who've not read it. Despite all this nitpicking, I was intrigued by the book and would recommend it to anyone interested in supporting first novelists, as I am.
To be sure, a first novel. But Ms. Wagman weaves together a thoughtful and endearing tale about beauty and it's role within the human psychy. Even as a male reader (this is certainly a read more designed for the female market) I was moved by my own desire to contemplate how I view myself and, even more so, how I view those around me. This is no flashy yarn designed to bring the subject matter into the limelight, nor is it reserved for those who would wish to make it so. But, rather, a well written series of observations described in a fashion to immediately envoke the reader to question each and every preconceived notion they ever had about physical appearance. Problems? Depth, particularly in regards to the exchanges between the two main charactors. And the ending, which was obviously rushed and could have used major restructuring at the least. This being said, however, Skin Deep is a fantastic read which has earned Ms. Wagman a permanent spot on the top shelf of our book case!
SKIN DEEP offers some fascinating reflections onbeauty. The novel is layered with levels of meaning and significance that prompted me to pause and consider these layers and their meaning(s). It departs from a plot-driven story to become a mysterious, occasionally even scary interior journey of the central character, Martha, who reflects upon and talks about beauty, but who interestingly is never described or "seen" in the book. There is a "mystery story" quality to the novel at times, as well as a somewhat scary plot device that is especially thought-provoking. I am a Women's Studies professor, and plan to adopt this book for a course I'm teaching in the fall. I think it's written in a style that will appeal to today's college students, and it also provides lots of points of discussion and thought-puzzles to ponder. I highly recommend this beautiful novel!
If you want to explore the questions this book raises in a thought provoking way, look elsewhere. I've read papers written by high school students that more adequately and intriguingly address questions of beauty, etc. The only thing I can say for this book it that it shows that the author is interested in interesting topics. I hope her later novels are more carefully executed.