Based on A True Story

Based on A True Story

eBook - 2014
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A delectable satirical novel about celebrity culture, journalism, truth, lies, consequences -- about the fictions we tell ourselves and the fictions we tell others.

Augusta Price (not her real name) is famous in England for playing a slatternly barmaid on a nighttime soap opera and for falling down drunk in public. Now, she has no job, no relationship with her long-lost son, and a sad shortage of tranquilizers -- but she has had an improbable hit with her memoir (which is based on a true story, but only very loosely).

But when Frances Bleeker -- an insecure and not very successful American tabloid journalist -- tells Augusta that a man she once loved has written a book, Augusta becomes terrified that her life story will be revealed as the web of lies it really is. She sets out on a trans-Atlantic journey from London to California to seek revenge on her former lover -- a journey that will require the reluctant help of Frances.

Publisher: Toronto : Anansi, 2014
ISBN: 9781770893146
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jan 20, 2015

Renzetti writes well, but her characters, their dialogue ,and the plot are a real stretch..even for fiction. I much prefer her non-fiction.

Jun 14, 2014

How can a book that is "on order" (and has only just been reviewed in the Globe and Mail today) have a rating of 3 1/2 stars? Just asking.

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