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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library OYL (Text) 33500013343793 New Checked out 03/17/2021
Godel Memorial-Warren Library OYL (Text) 35500006442113 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 1948226928
  • ISBN: 9781948226929
  • Physical Description: 265 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Catapult, [2021]

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Ending her relationship with a man who she discovers is a popular anonymous internet conspiracy theorist, a woman activist travels from Washington, DC, to Berlin, where she struggles with increasingly manipulative dynamics in her online, business, and social circles.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 November #1
    *Starred Review* On vacation in Berlin, a writer for a New York-based website falls for Felix, a fellow ex-pat slumming as a tour guide. Felix follows the unnamed narrator back to the states, where their romance quickly dwindles on her part after she snoops through his phone and discovers that he has a shadow identity as a conspiracy theorist in the dawning Age of Trump. Just as she's convinced herself to break up with him, she learns that Felix has died in a biking accident. In a dubious attempt to reconcile her conflicted grief, she quits her job and moves back to Berlin. As a not-quite stranger in a strange land, her quest for freedom and clarity plays out through the counterintuitive practice of spinning lies and creating false personae. Prolific essayist and blogger Oyler's first foray into fiction seduces with its mesmerizing stream-of-consciousness and exploration of identity and authenticity, commitment and abandonment. Though not attaining the volume of cultural minutiae displayed in Lucy Ellman's gargantuan Ducks, Newburyport (2019), Oyler's similarly piercing examination of the paradoxically immersive superficiality of life lived in the thrall of social media is hefty in its own right, a case of both too much information and, ironically, not enough. Sure to resonate with the multitasking Millennials and Gen Z digerati. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Lauren Oyler's essays on books and culture have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, London Review of Books, The Guardian, New York magazine's The Cut, The New Republic, Bookforum, and elsewhere. Born and raised in West Virginia, she now divides her time between New York and Berlin.

Subject: Women's March on Washington (2017) > Fiction.
Instagram (Electronic resource) > Fiction.
Bloggers > Fiction.
Social media > Fiction.
Conspiracy theories > Fiction.
Washington (D.C.) > Fiction.
Berlin (Germany) > Fiction.
Conspiracy theories.
Social media.
Germany > Berlin.
Washington (D.C.)
Genre: Political fiction.
Political fiction.
Political fiction.

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