Who You Think I Am

Written by Camille Laurens | Translated by Adriana Hunter
Other Press | March 28, 2017

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.

Publisher's website


REVIEWS

“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

More new titles

new titles

Our Daily Poison

In Our Daily Poison, award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin investigates the links between these two alarming trends, revealing how corporate interests and our ignorance may be costing us our lives.
new titles

All Ears: The Aesthetics of Espionage

The world of international politics has recently been rocked by a seemingly endless series of scandals involving auditory surveillance: the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping is merely the most sensatio
new titles

Pablo

"Pablo" follows Picasso’s artistic career from his impoverished origins to the advent of modern art. An entertaining and beautifully drawn account, this award-winning graphic biography explores the themes and obsessions that drove Picasso to express himself.
1/3
MORE IN books
event

The Department of Missing Persons

September 25th | 6 pm
Columbia Maison Française (East Gallery, Buell Hall)
515 W 116 St
New York, NY
authors on tour

Juliette Volcler

January 25-30, 2018
US TOUR
event

The Death of Stalin: Exclusive Footage and Interview with Fabien Nury

October 5th | 7:45 - 8:45pm
Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th St., NY10001
event

Educator Meetup: A Gathering of Educators and Comics Industry Professionals

October 5th | 3:45 - 4:45pm
Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th St., NY10001
1/3
recomended for you
event

The Department of Missing Persons

September 25th | 6 pm
Columbia Maison Française (East Gallery, Buell Hall)
515 W 116 St
New York, NY
event

NYCC "After-Party": Meet International Creators

October 9th | 6-7:30pm
Books Kinokuniya, 1073 Avenue of the Americas
1073 Avenue of the Americas