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A tongue-in-cheek and daring debut novel, which is both an irresistible catastrophe waiting to happen and an unflinching exploration of how we tell the stories of our lives, as an aspiring novelist finds herself tracking down and write about her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend.

“I can’t help but compare our value as writers, as lovers, as women. Is something uniquely mine, or will I always be in someone else’s shadow?

Twenty-four-year-old bookseller and New Yorker Naomi Ackerman, desperate to write a novel, struggles to find the right story to tell. When, after years of disastrous Tinder dates, she meets Caleb, a perfectly nice guy with a Welsh accent and unique patience for all his quirks, she feels she’s finally stumbled upon an age-old topic: love. . But then Caleb’s ex-girlfriend, Rosemary, comes into the picture.

When Naomi learns that Rosemary is not hiding abroad as she had assumed, but is actually living in New York and working in the literary world, she is fundamentally threatened and intrigued in equal measure. On paper, Rosemary looks like a better version of Naomi, but if they both fell in love with the same man, they must have something more essential in common.

Determined to figure out how their stories intertwine, Naomi’s occasional harassment on Instagram turns into a full-fledged friendship under false pretenses. She can’t bring herself to leave Rosemary, in whom she discovers an unexpected confidant – nor can she help but write about her, having now found a more interesting subject for her budding romance. As her lies and half-truths spin out of her control, and fact and fiction become increasingly difficult to separate, Naomi manipulates the most important people in her life: her family, her friends, Caleb, Rosemary and, perhaps most devastatingly, herself. – in pursuit of his art. In the end, she’s forced to decide who and what she’s willing to sacrifice to write them all the perfect ending.

Reasons to read it: Naomi as the narrator is both entertaining and anxiety-provoking, as you to know his actions will not come to a good end. But you will stay to see it through, in any case. This thriller can be both funny and smart and showcases such an unhealthy example of female friendship. Raven Leilani, bestselling author of Chandelier, said that “this book is a trick. An undisciplined study of fixation, performance and the exquisite agony of anonymity.

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