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How to Be Somebody Else by Miranda Pountney
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How to Be Somebody Else

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Narrator Florence Howard

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Length 6 hours 35 minutes
Language English
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Exquisitely written, sublimely fraught and erotically charged, How to Be Somebody Else is an uncoming of age in New York City


Spring 2015, New York.

On the surface Dylan has achieved the impossible - a life in New York, eight years of making this stick. And yet it is not the thing she'd imagined (what had she imagined?). When she walks out of her career, then apartment, and into a housesit for an artist she's never met, she does not tell her friends, her parents back in England, or Matt, her boyfriend, living on the West Coast.

Job-free, rent-free, she'll make good on her book, herself, other things too, she's thinking, when her neighbour Kate shows up and invites her to a party. There she meets Gabe, who happens to be married to Kate but insists, 'it's not a thing'. The affair that follows consumes her and she begins to consider what is fixed and what is variable. Can a person be both? Is Gabe the thing he seems? Is she?

As spring turns to summer, her experiments in living test loyalties and boundaries until an unexpected encounter between the two couples forces her to confront her future.

©2024 Miranda Pountney (P)2024 Penguin Audio

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Reviews

Pountney has an admirable clarity of voice and her book is consistently impressive… Intelligent, confident and original How to Be Somebody Else has literary oomph... What sets this debut apart is the way it sustains its sparky style to the last page without stinting on the serious stuff Sharp and entertaining Brutal and brilliant, in luscious prose, How to Be Somebody Else shows us what happens when life starts to unfurl Impressive… A book founded on the anxiety that undermines our drive towards attachment and stability, and it thrives on a constant sense of slippage and precarity, a jumpy exploration of what it might feel like to cede control, and what might take its place Expand reviews
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