James Cowper—art dealer, gambler, thief—is going straight and on the brink of redeeming himself with his disillusioned wife, Imani. He’s still broke, but all he needs to take care of that is a rare art find.
Then trouble arrives in the shape of a scheming landlord and an unwelcome dinner party with his boss. As events spin out of his control it appears that nobody, including Imani, is what they pretend. And over everything looms one make-or-break question for James: can he get a grip on his exploding life?
Absolutely hilarious. What a cast of crazy characters. First off we have James. A self-confessed fraudster, gambler and cheat. But he looks a bit like Hugh Grant so we can’t help but love him. And he is stereotypically English in a country full of yanks. That’s because it’s set in Philadelphia. Who knew.
Then we have his long-suffering wife Imani who is a nurse at the hospital. Imani and James have been together for over 20 years and have a son Cody, who is at university on a Lacrosse scholarship. Good job too as they certainly couldn’t afford to send him otherwise. I love Imani – I think she’s the only sane one and I love this quote from the book: “…she had African ancestors and slavery had stitched together the bloodstained quilt of America’s history….” Wonderful stuff. And she wants a dog. More Brownie points for her.
James works for Nick, a bumped-up git, currently on his fourth wife who he refers to as Pumpkin. He calls them all Pumpkin in case he gets their names muddled up. You couldn’t make him up – if this was real. James unfortunately pulled a fast one on Nick and is now paying the price – literally. That, or he would have gone to jail.
Finally we have the landlords – Bruce and his Croatian wife Davorka, 20 years his junior. Having retired to Florida, their home, car and possessions have been swept away in a hurricane and he has no insurance. James and Imani are renting their house on a two year lease but Brucie wants it back. And he’ll go to any lengths to get it. And if that’s not enough, Nick thinks they own the house, though I’m not sure why that matters so much to James.
I just adored this book. The humour is so British. Told mainly from James’s point of view, we can’t help but love him
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About the Author
Roz Kay is a writer and former journalist. Her debut children’s novel, The Keeper of the Stones, was published in March 2020 by Hayloft Publishing and she’s had literary short stories published under the name Roz DeKett. Roz, who now lives in Wiltshire, England, has lived in Ghana, Canada, Malaysia, Brunei, and the United States—including nearly six years in Philadelphia where Fake is set. Fake is her debut novel for adults.
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