First U.S. edition.
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New York : Flatiron Books, 2017.
339 pages ; 25 cm
"Like The Great Gatsby and Bright Lights, Big City, Kimberley Tait's Fake Plastic Love examines one innocent's unsentimental education with great energy and panache." --Stewart O'Nan, author of West of Sunset. Four millennial bright young things charge into the real world, with all the unfounded confidence of twenty-two: M., our narrator, is one of the few young women at her prestigious, high-octane investment bank. To her mother's chagrin, she has always insisted she prefers her signet ring to any diamond. Belle is M.'s college best friend. Wide-eyed and whimsical, she marks the sidewalks of Manhattan with messages in pink chalk and snaps a ceaseless stream of photos for her viral blog. Chase is Belle's British-American, on-again-off-again boyfriend. Equal parts fraternity bro and Savile Row, he is M.'s colleague and arch nemesis. Jeremy is M.'s new friend, a modern-day Gatsby, dapper and earnest, who would rather be piloting a hot air balloon than stuck behind his Wall Street desk. As the financial crisis bears down and social media grows ever more ubiquitous, style and substance become increasingly difficult to distinguish. In this fake plastic world, what do success and friendship and love even look like?"-- Provided by publisher.
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Author Biography

Kimberley Tait was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and moved to the U.S. to attend Dartmouth College, where she wrote an Honors Thesis on life as a staged performance in the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Kimberley earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and has worked at investment banks in New York and London, continuing to work with financial services and investment firms as a writer and marketing strategist. A Canadian, American, and Swiss citizen, Kimberley lives in London with her husband. Fake Plastic Love is her debut novel. - (McMillan Palgrave)

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With sweeping nods to Fitzgerald and other writers of the Gilded Age, Tait's debut novel sparkles with vitality and conscience. Observant, contemplative, and witty M. takes center stage as the lives of four 20-somethings unfold. Postcollege, M. takes a job as an analyst at the prestigious Bartholomew Brothers banking firm in New York, becoming the banker her mother wishes she would marry. M.'s college best friend, Belle Bailey, also calls New York home, documenting her hopelessly romantic, rose-colored-glasses view of the world in her überpopular blog, La Belle Vie. She's created the illusion of her life as pretty and perfect, a façade at odds with an uncertain reality and the pain of a tragedy she can never escape. Belle's sometime beau, boorish Chase Breckenridge, works alongside M. and is a thorn in her side. Jeremy Kirby, M.'s closest work colleague, is a man in the wrong era, a Victrola in a world of MP3s. He becomes Belle's ardent suitor, and M. gets caught in the middle, torn between protecting Jeremy and humoring Belle. As the years progress, so does the disillusionment the characters feel about their current realities; struggling to make sense of their presents and wondering what they want for their futures. Fluid, graceful, and unfaltering prose highlights this remarkable novel; relatable characters and themes complete the package. (May)

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