- Audiobook Review
- Author: Amber Brock
- Performed by Julia Whelan
- Released: May 2016 by Random House Audio
- Category: Historical Fiction, Romance
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’s story begins in 1913 while studying art at Vassar, where she meets spirited and uninhibited Bea Stillman and forms her first real friendship. As the narrative unfolds the chapters alternate between Vera’s time at Vassar and her life ten years later in New York, where Vera is trapped in a loveless marriage to Arthur Bellington. She lives in luxury but lacks any sort of personal freedom, her duty is to conform. Her life as a society wife is empty and meaningless. Arthur is never home, her mother, Lorna Longacre, is cold and domineering, concerned only with social standing and reputation. Appearance is everything. Vera’s life is a continuous round of vacuous socializing with the other couples who live in the prestigious apartment building, The Angelus, designed and built by her husband. Continue reading