Based on a True Story (Hardcover)

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By Delphine De Vigan, George Miller (Translator)
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Brilliant.  Haunting.  Insidious.  Anxiety-inducing.  Wonderful!!

Delphine has just finished signing her latest book for a seemingly endless line of fans.  She is exhausted.  A latecomer asks for her signature and she summarily refuses.  Chatting with a new acquaintance later that night, Delphine uncharacteristically confesses feeling awful about turning away the latecomer.  Before long the acquaintance, L. has become her new best friend.  While Delphine preps for her next book, she gets a few pieces of disturbing hate mail about her last book, and her new friend L. starts expressing increasingly strong opinions about the subject of Delphine’s next book.  Soon Delphine can’t open a Word document, can’t answer her mail, can’t even jot a quick note to herself; she has become completely unsure of herself, depressed, and entirely dependent on L. to get through the day.  The story takes a couple surprising turns that can’t be revealed without giving away delicious shocks that await the reader.  This is a formidable, unforgettable piece of writing.

— Kay Wosewick


The international hit that sold half a million copies in France: a chilling work of fiction--but based on a true story--about a friendship gone terrifyingly toxic and the nature of reality.

Winner of Le Prix Renaudot 2015
Winner of Le Prix Goncourt des Lyc ens 2015

Overwhelmed by the huge success of her latest novel, exhausted and suffering from a crippling inability to write, Delphine meets L.

L. embodies everything Delphine has always secretly admired; she is a glittering image of feminine sophistication and spontaneity and she has an uncanny knack of always saying the right thing. Unusually intuitive, L. senses Delphine's vulnerability and slowly but deliberately carves herself a niche in the writer's life. However, as L. makes herself indispensable to Delphine, the intensity of this unexpected friendship manifests itself in increasingly sinister ways. As their lives become more and more entwined, L. threatens Delphine's identity, both as a writer and as an individual.

This sophisticated psychological thriller skillfully blurs the line between fact and fiction, reality and artifice. Delphine de Vigan has crafted a terrifying, insidious, meta-fictional thriller; a haunting vision of seduction and betrayal; a book which in its hungering for truth implicates the reader, too--even as it holds us in its thrall.

About the Author

Delphine de Vigan is the author of several novels, three of them available in English: No and Me, awarded the 2008 Prix des Libraires (Bookseller's Prize); Underground Time, shortlisted for the 2009 Prix Goncourt; and Nothing Holds Back the Night, awarded the Prix du roman Fnac, the Prix Roman France Télévisions, and the Prix Renaudot des Lycéens. De Vigan lives in Paris.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781632868152
ISBN-10: 1632868156
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: May 9th, 2017
Pages: 384
Language: English