Described as propulsive,
dark, and moving, Aesthetica is a Veronica for the age of “Instagram
face,” delivering a fresh, nuanced examination of feminism, #metoo, and
mother-daughter relationships, all while confronting our collective
addiction to followers, filters, and faux realities.
Author: Allie Rowbottom
Publisher: Soho Press
Genre: Literary Fiction
Release Date: 22 November 2022
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In a debut novel as radiant as it is caustic, a former influencer confronts her past—and takes inventory of the damages that underpin the surface-glamour of social media.
At 19, she was an Instagram celebrity. Now, at 35, she works behind the cosmetic counter at the “black and white store,” peddling anti-aging products to women seeking physical and spiritual transformation. She too is seeking rebirth. She’s about to undergo the high-risk, elective surgery Aesthetica™, a procedure will reverse all her past plastic surgery procedures, returning her, she hopes, to a truer self. Provided she survives the knife.
But on the eve of the surgery, her traumatic past resurfaces when she is asked to participate in the public takedown of her former manager/boyfriend, who has rebranded himself as a paragon of “woke” masculinity in the post-#MeToo world. With the hours ticking down to her life-threatening surgery, she must confront the ugly truth about her experiences on and off the Instagram grid.
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