MYSTERY

Fake Like Me

Grand Central. Jun. 2019. 368p. ISBN 9781538759516. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781538759509. SUSPENSE
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In 1996, the nameless first-person narrator—then a 19-year-old sophomore art student—has a memorable encounter with Pine City, the collective of five beautiful young artists in New York City. Carey Logan, the most famous of the group for her sculptures made of casts of body parts, speaks to the narrator while casting her hand and becomes her artistic lodestar. Years later, Logan has given up sculpture for performance art; her final piece is filming her suicide. The narrator, having achieved some success with her abstract billboard-sized paintings, is mere months from an exhibit in Paris when her loft burns down, taking with it six of her seven exhibition works. Frantic to find space for reconstructing two years of art in three months, she wangles her way into Pine City’s upstate New York retreat, landing in Logan’s former studio and in the heart of Tyler Savage, Logan’s former boyfriend, as she seeks Carey’s real story.
VERDICT The creative process confronts reality in this compelling literary thriller centering on art, identity, and deception, as told in Bourland’s (I’ll Eat When I’m Dead) sharp prose. A must for those with an artistic bent, a sheer reading pleasure for all.

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