A novel about social media, the “idea” of perfection in our instagrammable lives, and the importance of friendship is sure to delight Kinsella’s fans and draw new readers into her world.
EXTRAS: You can follow the author’s “Not So Perfect Life” on Instagram.
PUBLICATION DATE: February 7, 2017
PUBLISHER: DIAL PRESS
From #1 bestselling author Sophie Kinsella comes a new novel that is part love story, part workplace comedy, and part witty critique on the judgments we make in a social-media obsessed culture.
Part love story, party workplace dramedy, and part witty critique on the false judgements we make in a social-media obsessed world, this is New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella’s most timely and sharply observed novel yet.
Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle – from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. The final, demeaning straw comes when Demeter makes her do her roots in the office. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts. Especially as she’s so desperate to make her dad proud.
Then, just as she’s finding her feet – not to mention a possible new romance – the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset, to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away…till Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejigged…. and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.
Sophie Kinsella is celebrated for her vibrant, relatable characters and her great storytelling gifts. Now, she returns with all of the wit, warmth, and wisdom which are the hallmarks of her bestsellers to spin this fresh, modern story of presenting the perfect life when the reality is far from the truth.
“Another outstanding novel…a perfect combination of fun, laughable moments rounded out with some deep-seated family and relationship issues.”—Booklist
“Sophie Kinsella keeps her finger on the cultural pulse, while leaving me giddy with laughter. I loved it.”—Jojo Moyes
“Katie is a winning heroine…. Kinsella creates characters that are well-rounded, quirky, and a complete joy to read.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Driven by Katie’s witty observations and numerous missteps as she attempts to reconcile various aspects of her identity, this novel is smartly satirical and entertaining.”—Publishers Weekly
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In addition to the Shopaholic series, SOPHIE KINSELLA is the author of the stand-alones Wedding Night, Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, and I’ve Got Your Number. She lives in England, where she is working on her next novel, a stand-alone.