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Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler

Fake Accounts

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Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler
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Feb 02, 2021 | ISBN 9780593414590 | 420 Minutes

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“This novel made me want to retire from contemporary reality. I loved it.” —Zadie Smith

“Lauren Oyler’s Fake Accounts is a delicious commentary on the internet and social media and a compelling story of a woman struggling to find her way . . . The narrator is an excellent liar, yet you feel like she is telling you the truth because of Oyler’s smart prose, which is often directed to you, the reader.” ––Alma, A Favorite Book for Winter

“[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 (starred review) 

“Prolific essayist Oyler’s first foray into fiction seduces with its mesmerizing stream-of-consciousness and exploration of identity and authenticity, commitment and abandonment . . . Oyler’s piercing examination of the paradoxically immersive superficiality of life lived in the thrall of social media is hefty in its own right, a case of both too much information and, ironically, not enough. Sure to resonate with the multitasking Millennials and Gen Z digerati.” —Booklist (starred review)

“A mordant take on postmodern mores . . . [A] smart, often funny critique of a culture that rewards people for turning themselves into brands and encourages the incessant consumption and creation of content.” —Kirkus Reviews 

“Lauren Oyler’s Fake Accounts is such an ensorcelling blend of insight, comedy and suspense, you almost don’t notice yourself being filleted alive in these pages. A note to fellow readers of the twenty-first century: Anyone familiar with the allure of social media will adore this coolly observed novel. A note to fellow writers of the twenty-first century: Oh crap, she did it.” —Sloane Crosley, author of Look Alive Out There and I Was Told There’d Be Cake

Fake Accounts is an absorbing and shameless examination of the way self-mythologies are forged and performed in the public privacy of the internet. Fans of Lauren Oyler’s divisive, ferocious criticism will love this 21st century comedy of bad manners.” —Catherine Lacey, author of Nobody is Ever Missing and The Answers

“Somehow Lauren Oyler hacked my brain preferences and wrote the novel I’ve been waiting years to read. To spend time in the pages of this stealthily radical book is to submit to Oyler’s dopamine experiment of ‘social media realism’—a genre I believe she has pioneered—and to cycle endlessly from obsession to logic to paranoia to grandiosity to salvation to idolatry to distrust. This novel is, above all, a gripping blast to read, and so, so effortlessly smart.” —Heidi Julavits, author of The Folded Clock and The Vanishers

Fake Accounts percolates the big moral questions of our age––fraudulence, identity as performance, surveillance capitalism, political instability, personal freedom–– through a narrative arc driven ingeniously by low-level dopamine hits. At the same time, it is very, very funny. Oyler is the kind of dangerous contemporary writer we need more of.” —Niamh Campbell, author of This Happy and winner of the Sunday Times Short Story Award 2020

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