Barbara Bourland
Death by beauty was never so much fun.
— Kirkus Reviews
Biting, funny, and brilliantly subversive; Bourland’s debut is like THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA meets AMERICAN PSYCHO.
— Louise O'Neill, Author of Only Ever Yours and Asking for It
Sex. Drugs. Dries van Noten. I’LL EAT WHEN I’M DEAD skewers Tribe Fashion with wit and wicked intelligence. From Finnish toast-only restaurants to Kobe-beef hide bikinis and grandiose fake feminism, Barbara Bourland makes you laugh out loud, and keep turning the pages. A deft, smart, and hilarious debut.
— Wednesday Martin, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Primates of Park Avenue

 on sale May 2 

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I'll Eat When I'm Dead is a murder mystery set at a fashion magazine.

Available May 2 in hardback, audiobook, and ebook, wherever books are sold in North America, and May 18th in paperback, audiobook, and ebook wherever books are sold in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Commonwealth.


When stylish Hillary Whitney dies alone in a locked, windowless conference room at the offices of high-concept magazine RAGE Fashion Book, her death is initially ruled an unfortunate side effect of the unrelenting pressure to be thin. 

But two months later, a cryptic note in her handwriting ends up in the office of the NYPD and the case is reopened, leading Det. Mark Hutton straight into the glamorous life of hardworking RAGE editor Catherine Ono, who insists on joining the investigation. Surrounded by a supporting cast of party girls, Type A narcissists and half-dead socialites, Cat and her colleague Bess Bonner are determined to solve the case and achieve sartorial perfection. But their amateur detective work has disastrous results, and the two ingenues are caught in a web of drugs, sex, lies and moisturizer that changes their lives forever.

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Barbara Bourland

Barbara Bourland lives in Baltimore, MD. Formerly, she was a freelance writer for Forbes Traveler, Condé Nast Digital's, and a web producer for O, The Oprah Magazine and OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Network. 

 I'll Eat When I'm Dead is her first novel. She is at work on a sequel, entitled Maniacs. Her third novel,  Pine City, is also forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing and riverrun.


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PRAISE for #eatwhenimdead

Bourland’s delightfully snarky debut leans heavily on satire, poking razor-sharp fun at the beauty industry and the cut-throat world that Bess and Cat inhabit, and some scenes are laugh-out-loud funny... However, for all the outrageous (and eye-opening) focus on makeup, beauty, fashion, and of course, the desire to be thin, there are tantalizing glimpses of the vulnerability and insecurities beneath the surface... Death by beauty was never so much fun.
— Kirkus Reviews
A compulsively readable, satirical romp with a sharp and vicious twist, I’LL EAT WHEN I’M DEAD is a timely, smart, and perceptive mystery.
— K.J Howe, author of The Freedom Broker
One part deliciously satirical send-up, one part murder mystery, I’LL EAT WHEN I’M DEAD kept me reading and had me laughing out loud. This bold and wildly entertaining, in-your-face novel takes a clever and scathing look at the turbulent and ethically starved world of New York’s fashion publications, while signaling the arrival of Barbara Bourland as an exciting and savvy new voice in commercial fiction.
— Award winning international bestseller, and Denmark’s “Queen of Crime,” Sara Blaedel
A smart feminist fashion manifesto packed with pulpy, sexy, murderous intrigue. Highly entertaining!
— Elizabeth L. Cline, author of Overdressed

Named as one of Read it Forward's 17 Books We're Excited to Read in 2017

I’LL EAT WHEN I’M DEAD is a reckless adventure in the world of starry-eyed models, dubiously-sourced drugs, anorexia and Instagram. But don’t let the frills and flashbulbs fool you. Barbara Bourland is here to show you that fashion is a deadly serious business.
— Mikita Brottman, author of The Maximum Security Book Club
Readers will devour this mystery... What at first seems a death by natural causes turns into a murder that will have you guessing at whodunit up until the very end...A fun, witty, edge-of-your-seat ride.
— RT Reviews

Book tour Dates and locations to be announced may 2017



On Sale May 18, 2017

Outside of North America, I'LL EAT WHEN I'M DEAD has another spectacular Cat-themed cover from riverrun at Quercus, so keep an eye out for this 3D-style pink-on-blue halftone demy paperback. Order from Amazon UK to collect them all.



Linda Duggins, Grand Central Publishing

Elizabeth Masters, riverrun (UK, Australia, and Commonwealth) 


Victoria Sanders of the Victoria Sanders Agency

For book clubs:

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