Fake Accounts (Hardback)
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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 04/02/2021
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Probing the ambiguities of identity and authenticity in the digital age, Oyler’s debut novel spins a seductive web of duplicity on the dark net as a rootless woman embarks on a spree of dangerous online misinformation.

Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2021

A wry, provocative and very funny debut novel about identity, authenticity and the self in the age of the internet.

On the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration, a young woman snoops through her boyfriend's phone and makes a startling discovery: he's an anonymous Internet conspiracy theorist, and a popular one at that. Already fluent in Internet fakery, irony, and outrage, she's not exactly shocked by the revelation. But this is only the first in a series of bizarre twists that expose a world whose truths are shaped by online lies.

Suddenly left with no reason to stay in New York - or be anywhere in particular - she flees to Berlin, and embarks on her own cycles of manipulation in the deceptive spaces of her daily life, from dating apps to expat social events, open-plan offices to bureaucratic waiting rooms.

Narrated in a voice as seductive as it is subtly subversive, Fake Accounts is a wry, provocative and very funny debut novel about identity and authenticity in the age of the internet.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008366520
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 370 g
Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'This novel made me want to retire from contemporary reality. I loved it' - Zadie Smith

'A sharply observed and wryly funny satire on the banal sociopathy of online life' - The Sunday Times

'Thoughtful, inquiring and independent-minded' - James Mariott, The Times

'Social media has lurked in the background of contemporary literary fiction ... but here it feels finally, fully and thoroughly explored, with style and originality. I felt sharpened by it, grateful for its provocations ...' - The New York Times

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“Is everything really fake, where is the truth?”

A young woman suspects her longtime boyfriend is cheating on her and while going through his telephone, she finds he had a totally hidden social media identity as an online conspiracy theorist.

This timely and very... More

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“Didn't really do it for me”

Afraid this book didn't really do it for me - the premise sounded good, but it just wasn't very interesting.

Girl finds out her boyfriend is a conspiracy theorist - but there's not much detail on the... More

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Helpful? Upvote 6

“A granular breakdown of social phenomena.”

I had no idea what I was getting into with this book, I just liked the name and the cover and the fact it was by an American female debut author and it just goes to show that sometimes judging a book by its cover is a... More

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