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Summary

Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize

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

A Bookseller Editor’s Choice. 

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.

©2021 Lauren Oyler (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"This novel made me want to retire from contemporary reality. I loved it." (Zadie Smith)

"A searingly funny, smart, revealing novel. Oyler's fiction is as insightful and probing as her criticism." (Nicole Flattery, author of Show Them a Good Time)

"[A] unique, ferociously modern voice. This incisive, funny work brilliantly captures the claustrophobia of lives led online and personae tested in the real world." (Publishers Weekly)

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