Read A Fine Imitation Online Free - Set in the glamorous 1920s, A Fine Imitation is an intoxicating debut that sweeps readers into a privileged Manhattan socialite’s restless life and the affair with a mysterious painter that upends her world, flashing back to her years at Vassar and the friendship that brought her to the brink of ruin.
Vera Bellington has beauty, pedigree, and a penthouse at The Angelus—the most coveted address on Park Avenue. But behind the sparkling social whirl, Vera is living a life of quiet desperation. Her days are an unbroken loop of empty, champagne-soaked socializing, while her nights are silent and cold, spent waiting alone in her cavernous apartment for a husband who seldom comes home.
Then Emil Hallan arrives at The Angelus to paint a mural above its glittering subterranean pool. The handsome French artist moves into the building, shrouds his work in secrecy, and piques Vera’s curiosity, especially when the painter keeps dodging questions about his past. Is he the man he claims to be? Even as she finds herself increasingly drawn to Hallan’s warmth and passion, Vera can’t supress her suspicions. After all, she has plenty of secrets, too—and some of them involve art forgers like her bold, artistically talented former friend, Bea, who years ago, at Vassar, brought Vera to the brink of catastrophe and social exile.
When the dangerous mysteries of Emil’s past are revealed, Vera faces an impossible choice—whether to cling to her familiar world of privilege and propriety or to risk her future with the enigmatic man who has taken her heart. A Fine Imitation explores what happens when we realize that the life we’ve always led is not the life we want to have.
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January 28, 2016
Vera's story is told in alternating chapters: 1913 while at Vassar studying art with her adventurous best friend Bea, and 1923 New York City where she lives in a swank apartment building with her unloving, workaholic husband Arthur. Both time periods include exchanges with Vera's mother, an...
February 28, 2016
When done right I have an enjoyable time reading books from this time period. In the case of this book, it was done right. I instantly felt like I was transported back in time. I could see the clothes, imagine the conversation, and it was like I was in Vera's shoes and was experiencing everything...
May 22, 2016
A Fine Imitation follows the story of Vera, a high society socialite, during her senior year at Vassar College in 1913 and in New York City ten years later. The book alternates between the two timelines. Early on we know that some scandal happened while she attended Vassar after meeting another s...
April 23, 2016
"He who is subjected to a field of visibility... inscribes in himself the power relation in which he simultaneously plays both roles; he becomes the principle of his own [subjugation]" ~ Michel Foucault, Discipline & Punish
Foucault was the first to describe-in meticulous, analytic, historical...
September 08, 2016
A Fine Imitation by Amber Brock is a 2016 Crown publication. I was provided a copy of this book as a part of the LibraryThing early review program.
I love the 1920’s and really like books set within that time frame, which is what originally drew me to this book, not to mention that stunningly beau...
March 16, 2016
A Fine Imitation takes place in 1923 in Manhattan and tells the story of Vera Bellington, a member of Old New York society. Vera is in a loveless marriage and feels trapped behind the facade she is forced to wear to uphold her prominent place in society. The narrative switches back and forth from...
June 15, 2016
I received this book for free through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a well written story about a woman coming to terms with the fact that her life isn’t what she wants it to be.
The only thing I didn’t like was that it was a bit elitist. The main character, Ve...
March 17, 2016
Vera Bellington seems to have it all – beauty, a rich husband, furs, jewelry and a penthouse at the exclusive Angelus. But her marriage is loveless and she vacantly socializes during the day and sits alone in her beautiful penthouse most nights. Then a mysterious painter, Emil Hallan, is hired to...
April 25, 2017
I think this will count as my first "win" of the New Year! Thanks to Library Thing for the ARC. This book was easy to read and enjoy. A little romance, a little intrigue, a view of the posh life in New York Society in the first quarter of the 20th century before it all went bust. The expectations...
April 08, 2017
One of the things I loved about A Fine Imitation is the double meaning of the title. On one hand it refers to the theme of trying to force ourselves to fit in a predetermined mold set by society. On the other it refers to the art forgery that runs as a parallel storyline. Readers can analyze the...