Fake Like Me (Hardcover)

By Barbara Bourland

Grand Central Publishing, 9781538759516, 368pp.

Publication Date: June 18, 2019

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Description

At once a twisted psychological portrait of a woman crumbling under unimaginable pressure and a razor-sharp satire of the contemporary art scene, FAKE LIKE ME is a dark, glamorous, and addictive story of good intentions gone awry, from the critically acclaimed author of I'll Eat When I'm Dead.

Carey Logan was the art world's genius wild child.


FAKE

I was a no-name painter clawing my way up behind her.


LIKE


When Carey died, she left a space that couldn't be filled. Except, maybe, by


ME


After a fire rips through her loft, destroying the seven billboard-size paintings meant for her first major exhibition, a young painter is left with an impossible task: recreate the lost artworks in just three months without getting caught - or ruin her fledgling career. Homeless and desperate, she begs her way into Pine City, an exclusive retreat in upstate New York notorious for three things: outrageous revelries, glamorous artists, and the sparkling black lake where brilliant prodigy Carey Logan drowned herself.

Taking up residence in Carey's former studio, the painter works with obsessive, delirious focus. But when she begins to uncover strange secrets at Pine City and falls hard for Carey's mysterious boyfriend, a single thought shadows her every move: What really happened to Carey Logan?

"A smart, satirical take on fashion and media that will have readers snorting with laughter."
-The New York Post on I'll Eat When I'm Dead


About the Author

Barbara Bourland is the author of the critically acclaimed I'll Eat When I'm Dead, a Refinery29 Best Book of 2017 and an Irish Independent Book of the Year. People called I'll Eat When I'm Dead "delectable." Wednesday Martin, bestselling author of Primates of Park Avenue and Untrue, deemed it "a deft, smart, and hilarious debut." Kirkus noted that "death by beauty was never so much fun," and the book was featured in Fortune, Us Weekly, and The New York Post, among others. I'll Eat When I'm Dead is now available in paperback, and is forthcoming in Hebrew from Matar Press in Israel.

Bourland is a former freelance writer and web producer for titles at Condé Nast and Hearst, among others. She lives in Baltimore with her husband and dog.

Her second novel, Fake Like Me, is forthcoming in June 2019 from Grand Central Publishing in North America and from riverrun abroad. Fake Like Me was written with support from The Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY, where Bourland was a resident over the winter of 2017-2018.


Praise For Fake Like Me




"Bourland expertly shines a light on the nature of female ambition and desire and the often dark heart of inspiration. Readers fascinated with the blood, sweat, and tears of creating art will be especially rewarded."— Publishers Weekly




"Menacing, swirling, hypnotic ... A haunting, dizzying meditation on identity and the blurred lines between life and art."— Kirkus




Bourland has an uncanny knack for spatial description and relates artwork and every last thing in Pine City-"half Dirty Dancing, half Twin Peaks"-with pristinely observed color and feeling. She also nails the creep factor, and her narrator's high tolerance for it, with foreboding signs that the no-name painter isn't totally welcome there, and that there's more to Carey's story. The deck stacked against her, the narrator tells the glitteringly compelling tale of her fevered summer and wisely reveals meaningful intersections of class, gender, and making art.—Booklist

"With her trademark flair and razor-sharp attention to detail, Barbara Bourland offers the reader an incisive exploration of the tension between the desire to make art and the desire to make money. FAKE LIKE ME is satirical, brilliantly realised, and has a twist you simply won't see coming..."—Louise O'Neill, author of Only Ever Yours, Asking for It, and Almost Love




"A satirical take on the contemporary art scene--smart, witty and eye opening. This gripping tale throws back the curtain on a world of secrets and intrigue."—
Liv Constantine, international bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish


"A ridiculously propulsive page turner. Barbara Bourland has written a 'du Maurier-esque' literary thriller about sexual jealousy and artistic legacy, a gorgeously scathing critique of the New York art scene, and a warning about the deadly consequences of stifling female expression. Could. Not. Put. It. Down."—Lisa Gabriele, author of The Winters

"In Bourland's decadent twist on the classic campus novel, a group of struggling artists succeed beyond their wildest dreams, but at what cost? Gloriously mordant, and just the right amount of rococo, you have to start your summer with this glittering new read."—Courtney Maum, author of I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You




"[A] page-turning story about art imitating life."— The Palm Beach Post




"The process creators go through for the sake of their art ranges from obsessive to self-destructive, and that ideology is escalated with Bourland's cutthroat prose... The unrelenting threat hovers through the plot and rigidly keeps the reader's head just above water until the end approaches."— Fangoria




"This book delivers the perfect smart-thriller paradox: you'll be driven to finish the twisting plot, but you will not want the narrator's wise observations to end. So drop everything to follow Bourland's brilliant narrator to Pine City, the upstate artist colony with its crumbling camp buildings and secret histories. You will not see the art world-or a woman's place in it-the same way again."—Maria Hummel, Author of Still Lives

PRAISE FOR BARBARA BOURLAND'S I'LL EAT WHEN I'M DEAD

"A smart, satirical take on fashion and media that will have readers snorting with laughter."—The New York Post