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Fake Like Me

by Barbara Bourland

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Fake Like Me by Barbara Bourland
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    Jun 2019, 368 pages

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Part satire, part thriller, Fake Like Me features a young painter struggling to meet the demands of her most challenging project in the shadow of a suspicious death.

After years of trying to make it as a painter in New York City, the unnamed narrator of Fake Like Me is accepted into a prestigious Parisian gallery. Seeing it as her shot at a successful career, she devotes everything to the project, creating seven billboard-sized oil paintings, a series she calls Rich Ugly Old Maids. But tens of thousands of dollars and two years into the project, her Manhattan loft catches fire. Everything, including the paintings, is lost. In a desperate scramble, she convinces the gallerist that only one painting was destroyed. She then decides to commit a risky act of art fraud, attempting to haphazardly replicate the seven massive paintings—some of which were already sold—on a nearly impossible deadline.

Without a home and without a studio, the painter networks her way into an artists' retreat, Pine City. Located in upstate New York, it promises the...

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