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Social Creature

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
One of the Best Books of the Year:
Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Vulture
NPR

"Social Creature is a wicked original with echoes of the greats (Patricia Highsmith, Gillian Flynn)." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times


For readers of Gillian Flynn and Donna Tartt, a dark, propulsive and addictive debut thriller, splashed with all the glitz and glitter of New York City.

They go through both bottles of champagne right there on the High Line, with nothing but the stars over them... They drink and Lavinia tells Louise about all the places they will go together, when they finish their stories, when they are both great writers-to Paris and to Rome and to Trieste...

Lavinia will never go. She is going to die soon.

Louise has nothing. Lavinia has everything. After a chance encounter, the two spiral into an intimate, intense, and possibly toxic friendship. A Talented Mr. Ripley for the digital age, this seductive story takes a classic tale of obsession and makes it irresistibly new.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Unflinching, cool, brutal. This book will make you its accomplice. You’ll go willingly." - Georgia Clark

"Burton creates a tense world of escalating artifice that is choked with ambition and FOMO. The result is a pleasurable blend of anxiety and thrill that deepens with each new instance of narcissistic cruelty. Social Creature is a millennial update to Ripley, in a digital world where identity is even more porous and easily hijacked, and the fun of watching selves be invented is matched by the nastiness with which they are destroyed." - Caite Dolan-Leach

"I read Social Creature in one breathless rush. It’s a wild nightmarish ride through a New York City of decadence and broken dreams, faking it and f*cking up, love and lies and more lies. This is the missing link between Bret Easton Ellis and The Secret History." - Emma Flint

"A compulsively readable, razor sharp novel for the social media age. Edith Wharton meets Patricia Highsmith." - Carol Goodman

"A mesmerizing and beautifully lyrical debut about sexuality, identity, envy, confusion, and the creepy ways in which we swallow one another in attempt to become ourselves." - Swan Huntley

"Glittering, breathless, and precise---Social Creature fearlessly explores identity in the modern world through a dangerous and magnetic friendship. Tara Isabella Burton’s prose is electrifying, her characters dazzlingly bright. This novel will consume you." - Danya Kukafka

"Devious and decadent. I couldn’t put it down." - Courtney Maum


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September 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Social Creature
Author(s): Tara Isabella Burton
ISBN: 1-68324-910-0 / 978-1-68324-910-8 (USA edition)
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Title: Social Creature: 'Sure to be on every smart beach lounger this summer' (The i paper)
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June 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Social Creature: A Novel
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Title: Social Creature: 'Sure to be on every smart beach lounger this summer' (The i paper)
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June 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Social Creature
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Title: Social Creature: A Novel
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June 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Social Creature: 'Sure to be on every smart beach lounger this summer' (The i paper)
Author(s): Tara Isabella Burton
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