Fake Accounts (Hardback)Lauren Oyler (author)
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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
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 370 g
Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 26 mm
'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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