A Fine Imitation by Amber Brock
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Somehow her main character wallows in indecision, even as circumstances allow for the possibility of personal growth and reinvention.
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Set in the glamorous 1920s, A Fine Imitation is an intoxicating debut that sweeps readers into a privileged Manhattan socialite's restless life and the affair with a mysterious painter that upends her world, flashing back to her years at Vassar and the friendship that brought her to the brink of ruin.

Vera Bellington has beauty, pedigree, and a penthouse at The Angelus--the most coveted address on Park Avenue. But behind the sparkling social whirl, Vera is living a life of quiet desperation. Her days are an unbroken loop of empty, champagne-soaked socializing, while her nights are silent and cold, spent waiting alone in her cavernous apartment for a husband who seldom comes home.

Then Emil Hallan arrives at The Angelus to paint a mural above its glittering subterranean pool. The handsome French artist moves into the building, shrouds his work in secrecy, and piques Vera's curiosity, especially when the painter keeps dodging questions about his past. Is he the man he claims to be? Even as she finds herself increasingly drawn to Hallan's warmth and passion, Vera can't suppress her suspicions. After all, she has plenty of secrets, too--and some of them involve art forgers like her bold, artistically talented former friend, Bea, who years ago, at Vassar, brought Vera to the brink of catastrophe and social exile.

When the dangerous mysteries of Emil's past are revealed, Vera faces an impossible choice--whether to cling to her familiar world of privilege and propriety or to risk her future with the enigmatic man who has taken her heart. A Fine Imitation explores what happens when we realize that the life we've always led is not the life we want to have.
 

About Amber Brock

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AMBER BROCK teaches British literature at an all girls’ school in Atlanta. She holds an MA from the University of Georgia and lives in Smyrna with her husband, also an English teacher, and their three rescue dogs.
Author Residence: Smyrna, Georgia
 
Published May 3, 2016 by Broadway Books. 306 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Feb 11 2016

Somehow her main character wallows in indecision, even as circumstances allow for the possibility of personal growth and reinvention.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Aug 13 2016

Though Vera’s glitzy surroundings may feel a bit artificial, and the threads are tied up a little too conveniently, the novel still offers escape, suspense, and satisfaction.

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Below average
Reviewed by Adriana Delgado on May 31 2016

If the author intended this as a means to a suspenseful buildup or angst, which ultimately leads towards an intended surprise ending, it backfires in the way of making Vera a weak and superficial character, letting her husband and her mother manipulate and dictate her actions...

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