How to Be Somebody Else (Hardback)
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How to Be Somebody Else (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages
Published: 15/02/2024
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An uncoming-of-age in New York City

'Has literary oomph’ SUNDAY TIMES

'An impressive debut novel' OBSERVER

'Intelligent, confident and original' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

Spring 2015, New York.

On the surface Dylan has achieved the impossible - a life in New York, eight years of making this stick. And yet it is not the thing she'd imagined (what had she imagined?). When she walks out of her career, then apartment, and into a housesit for an artist she's never met, she does not tell her friends, her parents back in England, or Matt, her boyfriend, living on the West Coast.

Job-free, rent-free, she'll make good on her book, herself, other things too, she's thinking, when her neighbour Kate shows up and invites her to a party. There she meets Gabe, who happens to be married to Kate but insists, 'it's not a thing'. The affair that follows consumes her and she begins to consider what is fixed and what is variable. Can a person be both? Is Gabe the thing he seems? Is she?

As spring turns to summer, her experiments in living test loyalties and boundaries until an unexpected encounter between the two couples forces her to confront her future.

‘Brilliant… Luscious prose’ ANNIE LORD

‘Unsettling and original’ TESSA HADLEY

***A MARIE CLAIRE BEST BOOK OF 2024***

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787332102
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 398 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Sharp and entertaining - Daily Mail

Impressive… A book founded on the anxiety that undermines our drive towards attachment and stability, and it thrives on a constant sense of slippage and precarity, a jumpy exploration of what it might feel like to cede control, and what might take its place - Observer

Pountney has an admirable clarity of voice and her book is consistently impressive… Intelligent, confident and original - Times Literary Supplement

How to Be Somebody Else has literary oomph... What sets this debut apart is the way it sustains its sparky style to the last page without stinting on the serious stuff - Sunday Times

Brutal and brilliant, in luscious prose, How to Be Somebody Else shows us what happens when life starts to unfurl - Annie Lord, author of Notes on Heartbreak

Unsettling and original - Tessa Hadley, author of After the Funeral

So sharp and well observed. I loved the wry, understated humour, and how perceptive the book is about female desire. In its exploration of a woman trying to make sense of herself it is moving without being sentimental, and clever without seeming to try too hard - Rebecca Wait, author of I'm Sorry You Feel That Way

A stunning novel. Remarkable and real. Every single line is supercharged with a kind of cerebral eroticism, a zinging inventive intelligence. The sentences buzz and hum - Samantha Harvey, author of Orbital

Compulsive. It makes its moves with such assurance that it’s hard to believe this is Pountney’s first novel. A wild mess of sex and feeling is here given beautiful form - Adam Thirlwell, author of The Future Future

Stylish, sharp, genuinely funny. The most enjoyable New York novel I've read since The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. I loved it - Claire Powell, author of At The Table

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“Clever, sharp and brilliantly written”

38 year old Dylan quits her job, rents out her New York apartment and sidelines her predictable relationship to try and find a different, more fulfilling way of life. However, she’s quickly distracted from the novel... More

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“Wonderful book”

I couldn’t stop reading this book. Hard hitting but has such wit and flair as well as heart. And New York felt so alive on the page. Loved it. Can’t believe it’s a debut novel. Would love to read more from this author.

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“How we all construct ourselves... and get it wrong!”

At the start of this novel, Dylan – the female protagonist – gives up her successful job at an advertising agency in New York, promptly lets out her flat and, all too easily, finds an alternative owned by an artist... More

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