Fake Like Me // June 18, 2019

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 just the right amount of rococo, you have to start your summer with this glittering new read.

After a fire decimates her loft, including the seven billboard-size paintings for her next show, a young, no-name painter is left with an impossible task: recreate her art in three months—or ruin her fledgling career. Homeless and desperate, she begs her way into an exclusive retreat in upstate New York famous for its outrageous revelries and glamorous artists, and notorious as the place where brilliant young artist Carey Logan drowned in the lake. 

As the young painter works obsessively in Carey's former studio, uncovers strange secrets and starts to fall—hard and fast—for Carey's mysterious boyfriend, it's as if she's taking her place. But one thought shadows her every move: What really happened to Carey Logan? 

Ridiculously propulsive. A warning about the deadly consequences of stifling female expression. Could. Not. Put. It. Down.
— Lisa Gabriele, author of THE WINTERS
A satirical take on the contemporary art scene—smart, witty and eye opening. This gripping tale throws back the curtain on a world of secrets and intrigue.
— Liv Constantine, International Bestselling Author of THE LAST MRS. PARRISH and THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU
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, bestselling author of ONLY EVER YOURS, ASKING FOR IT, and ALMOST LOVE