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Social creature a novel

by Burton, Tara Isabella,

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"A sharp, biting, and irresistible debut about parties and ambition in New York City--introducing a talented Mr. Ripley for the digital age, with all the glitz and grit of Bright Lights, Big City. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. Louise Wilson is an expert at just barely making it. She's mastered the tricks and shortcuts that a penniless small-town girl needs to survive in New York City. When she meets the beautiful, wealthy, eccentric, and aimless Lavinia Williams, she thinks her dreams of a cosmopolitan existence may be coming true. Lavinia introduces her to a rarified life of beauty and indulgence: private opera boxes, secret bookstores in brownstones, Shakespearean masked balls, underground cabarets, closets full of hundreds of dresses, and the finest champagne money can buy. The more Louise tastes, the more she wants. Could she ever truly be a part of this world? She can speak with the right affectation, wear the best makeup, drop the appropriate references, but she is always afraid people can see her true nature, which is darker than anyone can imagine. She finds herself haunted by the disparity between them. Lavinia has so much, and Louise so little, despite her yearning. Nightlife--the music, the buzz, the dim lights--is the great equalizer. But morning always comes, and Louise will do whatever it takes to keep the party going. This delicious debut takes a classic tale of obsession and makes it undeniably modern"--
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Booklist Review: "Louise Wilson, who wants to write but instead works three jobs and still struggles to make rent on her Brooklyn studio, leads a lonely life before she meets Lavinia Williams. When Lavinia, an aspiring writer who can afford to be one, hires Louise to tutor her younger sister, who needs no help, the two hit it off. Beginning on New Year's 2015, Lavinia ushers Louise into her glamorous and debauched New York life. They end their nights at dawn, reciting poetry as they promised they would with their new, matching tattoos (MORE POETRY!!!). It's quickly clear that Lavinia has polished a dusty, lost soul into a sparkling best friend before, and things didn't end well. The narrator soon addresses the reader a recurring device to reveal that Lavinia will soon die. This fast-paced, stylish, dialogue- and character-driven debut from journalist and scholar Burton will definitively ensnare readers. Diabolically playing on what we think we know about others and what we reveal about ourselves in the social-media age, it will give readers the creeps, too.--Bostrom, Annie Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Fans of the cult classic Poison Ivy will appreciate the mousy girl-wild girl dynamic on display in Burton's fiendishly clever debut. At 29, insecure Louise Wilson is a would-be writer living in fear of the dictum, "if you haven't made it in New York by 30, you never will." All that changes when she meets 23-year-old socialite Lavinia Williams, who seems to be channeling the free spirit of the late Zelda Fitzgerald (with flapper dresses to match). Larger-than-life Lavinia takes Louise under her wing and introduces her new bestie to a Manhattan she never knew existed, including parties in haunted hotels and secret bookstores and people with names like Beowulf Marmont and Athena Maidenhead, all the while dressing as if for a costume ball that never ends. Only later does Louise experience the hateful, spiteful, jealous side of Lavinia's personality in what becomes an ingenious dark thriller in the Patricia Highsmith Tom Ripley mode. Louise and Lavinia are bold, brilliant characters. This devious, satisfying novel perfectly captures a very narrow slice of the Manhattan demimonde. Agent: Emma Parry, Janklow & Nesbit Assoc. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Young women Fiction
Envy Fiction
Compulsive behavior Fiction
Women murderers Fiction
Electronic books.
Psychological fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group2018
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9780385543538
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