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A Fine Imitation - A Novel

Amber Brock

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 suppress 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.

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 suppress 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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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 suppress 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Julia Whelan

Length:

10h 4m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:40


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:52


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:03


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:27


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:37


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:15


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:15


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:54


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:12


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:03


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:09


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:04


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:29


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:37


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:13


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:15


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:52


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:47


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:22


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:24


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:20


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:53


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:38


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:51


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:35


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:50


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:47


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:04


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:42


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:34


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:36


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:38


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:50


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:12


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:18


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:10


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:10


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:05


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:47


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:26


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:24


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:01


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:27


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:21


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:08


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:52


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:41


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:17


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:40


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:56


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:32


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:50


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:45


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:43


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:41


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:46


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:58


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:57


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:56


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:58


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:42


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:42


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

02:55


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:28


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:19


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:20


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:01


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:08


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:26


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:15


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:58


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

02:23


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:04


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

02:03


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

02:57


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:27


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

02:47


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:42


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:40


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:51


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:59


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:01


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:41


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:11


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:16


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

02:57


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:19


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:01


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:00


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

02:52


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:59


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:28


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:29


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:02


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:07


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:13


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

02:10


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

02:11


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

00:32