My Friend Anna (Paperback)Rachel DeLoache Williams (author)
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A staggering tale of Instagram-filtered con-artistry, My Friend Anna details the incredible true story the fake heiress extraordinaire Anna Delvey who defrauded banks, hotels, and wealthy acquaintances in New York in the 2010s.
How does it feel to be betrayed by your closest friend? A close friend who turns out to be the most prolific grifter in New York City...
This is the true story of Anna Delvey, the fake heiress whose dizzying deceit and elaborate con-artistry deceived the Soho hipster scene before her ruse was finally and dramatically exposed.
After meeting through mutual friends, the 'Russian heiress' Anna Delvey and Rachel DeLoache Williams soon became inseparable. Theirs was an intoxicating world of endless excess: high dining, personal trainer sessions, a luxury holiday... and Anna footed almost every bill.
But after Anna's debit card was declined in a Moroccan medina whilst on holiday in a five-star luxury resort, Rachel began to suspect that her increasingly mysterious friend was not all she seemed.
This is the incredible story of how Anna Sorokin conned the high-rollers of the NYC social scene and convinced her close friend of an entirely concocted fantasy, the product of falsified bank documents, bad cheques and carefully edited online photos.
Written by Rachel DeLoache Williams, the Vanity Fair photography editor who believed Anna's lies before helping the police to track her down (fittingly, deciphering Anna's location using Instagram), this is Catch Me If You Can with Instagram filters. Between Anna, Fyre Festival's Billy McFarland (Anna even tried to scam Billy) and Elizabeth Holmes, whose start-up app duped the high and mighty of Silicon Valley, this is the year of the scammer.
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 128 x 192 x 20 mm
'Paints a fascinating picture of an eccentric egomaniac who rails against all authority... it's gripping stuff.' - Sunday Times
'Explosive... Definitely one for the beach.' - Elle
'...the Sorokin scam [has] everything: glamour, greed, lust for power, great clothes (or at least expensive ones), rich people being ripped off, cameos by fellow millennial con artists like "Pharma Bro" and the Fyre Festival organizers, and lots of satisfying cliches about the rotten core of the Big Apple.' - The New York Times
'It is everything I wanted it to be and more. A deep dive around New York's coolest bars and hippest hangouts and a tale of two girls that blurs the lines between friend and freelancer.' - Red
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