Who You Think I Am
In a vertiginous play between fantasy and virtual reality, Camille Laurens relates the dangerous liaisons of a woman who refuses to give up on desire.
This is the story of Claire Millecam, a forty-eight-year-old teacher and divorcee who creates a fake social media profile to try to keep tabs on Joe, her occasional, elusive, and inconstant lover. Under the false identity of Claire Antunes, a young and beautiful twenty-four-year-old, she starts a correspondence with Chris—pseudonym KissChris—which soon turns into an Internet love affair.
Who You Think I Am is a true novel of our time that exposes the disconnect between desire and fantasy. Social media allows us to put ourselves on display, to indulge in secrets, but above all to lie, to recreate a life, and to become our own fiction—a mixture of sentimental naïveté and manipulative perversity that echoes the libertine novels of the eighteenth century.
Camille Laurens is an award-winning French novelist and essayist. She received the Prix Femina, one of France’s most prestigious literary prizes, in 2000 for Dans ces bras-là, which was published in the United States as In His Arms in 2004. She lives in Paris.
“Intricate and cerebral … Who You Think I Am explores the construction of identity and the politics of age, gender, and desire. …Laurens crafts the novel’s nested secrets meticulously, producing tricky and thought-provoking surprises until the very end.” —Publishers Weekly
“Timely and astute.” —Booklist
“In this ingenious and intelligent novel, Camille Laurens revisits, like a genius in the virtual world, a romantic encounter.” —ELLE (FRANCE)
“Are women no longer desirable when they reach their fifties? Camille Laurens works against this masculine dictate in Who You Think I Am, a striking and intricate novel.” —Le mondes des livres
“Camille Laurens enjoys exploring love, especially the foreplay and the fallout.” —Le Figaro littéraire
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