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Zoe Whittall

Teoksen The Best Kind of People tekijä

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Tekijän teokset

The Best Kind of People (2016) 526 kappaletta
Bottle Rocket Hearts (2007) 120 kappaletta
The Spectacular (2021) 84 kappaletta
The Middle Ground (1723) 68 kappaletta
The Fake (2023) 52 kappaletta
Geeks, Misfits and Outlaws: Short Fiction (2003) — Toimittaja — 20 kappaletta
Precordial Thump (2009) 17 kappaletta
The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life (2001) 12 kappaletta
The Emily Valentine Poems (2006) 10 kappaletta
Spectacular, The 1 kappale

Associated Works

Granta 144: Generic Love Story (2018) — Avustaja — 54 kappaletta
Girls Who Bite Back: Witches, Mutants, Slayers and Freaks (2004) — Avustaja — 51 kappaletta
With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn (2005) — Avustaja — 50 kappaletta
Red Light: Superheroes, Saints, and Sluts (2005) — Avustaja — 29 kappaletta

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I wasn't liking this much until about two thirds of the way through, but somehow by the end I was liking it a lot. It looks like it's going to be yet another book about people being mean to one another for no reason except that's the human condition, doncha know, but then sometimes instead of resenting each other for no reason at all they decide to love each other for no reason at all, and whoops, suddenly you have high literary fiction where people are a bit optimistic about the human condition.… (lisätietoja)
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caedocyon | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 22, 2024 |
I enjoyed this story of three women. Missy, at 21, is touring the U.S. as the only female member of a punk rock band. She is selfish, hedonistic, and determined to have the same sexual freedom as her male colleagues. Carola is Missy's mom. She left Missy when she was a teenager and is living in an ashram. She struggles to find her space, devoting herself to the care of others, both before and after leaving her husband and child behind. Ruth is Missy's grandmother. She fled Turkey as a refugee and lived a life with a cheating husband at a time when women had few options.

The story moves back and forth, primarily offering Missy's and Carola's perspectives. A little of Ruth's. I thought the characters were well drawn, and the contrast between women of different generations coming of age, and maturing over time made the story interesting for me.
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LynnB | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 25, 2023 |
Zoe Whittall crafts an utterly authentic pathological liar in Cammie, a woman who hangs out in bars and bereavement support groups to find her next victim. The novel focuses on two victims, Shelby and Gibson, who are befriended and used by Cammie at the same time. Reading The Fake is sort of like watching a train wreck: you know what's coming, but you can't tear your eyes away. Well done.
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mskrypuch | 1 muu arvostelu | Sep 24, 2023 |
The Fake is the story of two people who are living half-lives of loneliness who are brought back to life by a larger-than-life woman they happen to meet. Shelby is a widow struggling with the sudden loss of her wife to an aneurysm. Gibson and his wife are recently separated and though he instigated the separation, he is feeling adrift and lonely, certain his wife is enjoying their break-up more than he is. Cammie bursts into their lives and insists they really live.

She drags the proto-agoraphobe Shelby out of her house. She gives Gibson the best sex of his life and a belief that he could be happy. And really, when they compare the problems that get them down, they are nothing compared to Cammie’s problems…and yet she is so full of life, a dynamo whose power lights up their lives for a time.


When Cammie’s stories start falling apart and suspicion grows, Shelby and Gibson come together with their conclusions that Cammie is a liar, but then we know that from the first chapter in Cammie’s voice. How much of a liar is the question and what are we to think of a con artist who make lie and cheat, but whose intervention in their lives heals some of their wounds.

I loved The Best Kind of People and The Spectacular, so I expected to love The Fake as well. Instead, I did like parts of it, but found it disappointing overall. Is that because I had unfairly high expectations? I don’t think so, but admit it may be possible. However, I think there is a sort of unreality in how Shelby and Gibson react to being conned. When a person is betrayed and deceived so deeply and intimately, who has the self-awareness and ability to step back and think, but she did me so much good? Not me.

I received an e-galley of The Fake from the publisher through Netgalley

The Fake at Ballantine Books | Penguin Random House
Zoe Whittall on Link Tree
The Spectacular
The Best Kind of People

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Tonstant.Weader | 1 muu arvostelu | Apr 17, 2023 |



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