Fake Accounts

Lauren Oyler

A wry, provocative and very funny debut novel about identity, authenticity and the self in the age of the internet, fakery and illusion

On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, a young woman snoops through her boyfriend’s phone and makes a startling discovery: he’s an anonymous Internet conspiracy theorist, and a popular one at that. Already fluent in Internet fakery, irony, and outrage, she’s not exactly shocked by the revelation. But this is only the first in a series of bizarre twists that expose a world whose truths are shaped by online lies.

Suddenly left with no reason to stay in New York—or be anywhere in particular—our unnamed narrator flees to Berlin, embarking on her own cycles of manipulation in the deceptive spaces of her daily life, from dating apps to expat meetups, open-plan offices to bureaucratic waiting rooms. Narrated with seductive confidence and subversive wit, Fake Accounts challenges the way current conversations about the self and community, delusions and gaslighting, and fiction and reality play out in the Internet Age.

Reviews of Fake Accounts

    • ‘Fake Accounts is an absorbing and shameless examination of the way self-mythologies are forged and performed in the public privacy of the internet. Fans of Lauren Oyler’s ferocious criticism will love this 21st century comedy of bad manners’ Catherine Lacey, author of Nobody is Ever Missing and The Answers ‘Only if a novelist is traditional in the right ways—in her moral intelligence, in her complex eloquence, in her patient plotting—can she properly register the real newness of our hurtling world of social media and a mediatized society. Lauren Oyler has written a very funny and serious contemporary novel. You must pick it up if you read fiction and/or tweets’ Benjamin Kunkel, author of Indecision and Utopia or Bust: A Guide to the Present Crisis