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Fake Like Me // June 18, 2019

Menacing, swirling, hypnotic ... A haunting, dizzying meditation on identity and the blurred lines between life and art.
— Kirkus [starred review]
Exceptional ... Bourland expertly shines a light on the nature of female ambition and desire and the often dark heart of inspiration.
— Publisher's Weekly [starred review]
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 [STARRED REVIEW]

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?

At once a twisted psychological portrait of a woman crumbling under unimaginable pressure and a delicious, sharp-witted take on the contemporary art scene, Fake Like Me is a dark, glamorous, and utterly addictive literary thriller about identity, greed, authenticity, and desire.

ADVANCE PRAISE

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 glittering.”
— Courtney Maum, author of TOUCH
[A] page-turning story about art imitating life.
— The Palm Beach Post
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
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 realized, and has a twist you simply won’t see coming...
— Louise O'Neill, author of ONLY EVER YOURS
A ridiculously propulsive ‘du Maurier-esque’ literary thriller and a warning about the deadly consequences of stifling female expression. Could. Not. Put. It. Down.
— Lisa Gabriele, author of THE WINTERS
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, Issue 3

About Barbara

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Barbara Bourland is the author of I’ll Eat When I’m Dead, a Refinery29 Best Book of 2017. People called I’ll Eat When I’m Dead “delectable.” Annie Bostrom of Booklist wrote “Bourland fills her debut with terrific characters—Cat especially is wonderfully weird and well dimensioned—and a heaping helping of froth and gloss that will turn readers into industry insiders. Delightfully, playfully skewer[s] the fashion and beauty industries.” Wednesday Martin, bestselling author of Primates of Park Avenue and Untrue, called 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. It was published in North America by Grand Central Publishing, and in Ireland, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa by riverrun. 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 their dogs.

Her second novel, Fake Like Me, is forthcoming in hardback, audiobook and ebook 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.

UPCOMING Events

Baltimore, MD: Tuesday, June 18, The Ivy Bookshop

Baltimore, MD: Friday, June 21, 7.30pm, Greedy Reads

Saint Paul, MN: Tuesday, June 25, 7pm, Common Good Books

San Francisco, CA: Tuesday, July 2, Booksmith

Hudson Valley, NY: Saturday, August 3, The Wassaic Project Summer Festival

Providence, RI, Tuesday August 20, details to come

 

I'll Eat When I'm Dead

Smart and funny... Bourland walks the line between serious and comedy so deftly that anyone who has read a women’s magazine or caught an episode of America’s Next Top Model will understand the jokes and the lessons without conflict.
— Fortune, June 2018

NOW IN PAPERBACK

Sex. Drugs. Dries van Noten... A deft, smart, and hilarious debut.
— Wednesday Martin, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Primates of Park Avenue

Refinery29's Best Books of 2017
People Magazine May Pick
Recommended Reading from the New York Post

A smart, satirical take on fashion and media that will have readers snorting with laughter.
— The New York Post
A highly polished satire... Hilarious.
— Sunday Times (UK)
DELECTABLE
— People Magazine, May Picks
The darker side of perfection is cast under the spotlight [in this] black comedy.
— Sunday Mirror (UK)

PRAISE For I'll Eat When I'm Dead

Barbara Bourland deftly tackles body-image issues with wit in this mystery.
— US Weekly
A smart feminist fashion manifesto packed with pulpy, sexy, murderous intrigue. Highly entertaining!
— Elizabeth L. Cline, author of Overdressed
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

Chosen for RED ONLINE's Best New Crime Thrillers to Read in 2017 and RED MAGAZINE's Best New Books for May

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
There are tantalizing glimpses of the vulnerability and insecurities beneath the surface... Death by beauty was never so much fun.
— Kirkus Reviews
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. FOUR STARS.
— RT 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, Asking for It, and Almost Love

UK, AUSTRALIA AND COMMONWEALTH EDITIONS

Outside of North America, FAKE LIKE ME and I'LL EAT WHEN I'M DEAD are published in the UK, Ireland, Australia and Commonwealth by riverrun. FAKE LIKE ME will be on sale overseas on July 11, 2019.

Contact

Publicity:

Kamrun Nesa, Grand Central Publishing

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

Representation:

Victoria Sanders of the Victoria Sanders Agency

Barbara:

babsqueries at gmail dot com