Pamela Dorman

9781984878618

STARRED REVIEW

The Authenticity Project

While Pooley’s characters’ lives often look better from the outside, they all ultimately reconcile what they pretend to be with what they actually are. 

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Review of ‘The Authenticity Project’

In his 1962 novel, Mother Night, the late Kurt Vonnegut let loose the tale’s moral on the first page: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” Clare Pooley revisits that theme in The Authenticity Project, but with a twist: “Everyone lies about their lives.…

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