A delectable satirical novel about celebrity culture,
journalism, truth, lies, consequences - about the fictions we tell
ourselves and the fictions we tell others.
Augusta Price (not her real name) is famous in England for
playing a slatternly barmaid on a nighttime soap opera and for
falling down drunk in public. Now, she has no job, no relationship
with her long-lost son, and a sad shortage of tranquilizers - but
she has had an improbable hit with her memoir (which is based on a
true story, but only very loosely).
But when Frances Bleeker - an insecure and not very successful
American tabloid journalist - tells Augusta that a man she once
loved has written a book, Augusta becomes terrified that her life
story will be revealed as the web of lies it really is. She sets
out on a trans-Atlantic journey from London to California to seek
revenge on her former lover - a journey that will require the
reluctant help of Frances.