Who needs the truth?
Eight-year-old Ivy has a vivid imagination and tells lies so that people will like her. With her brother, Brice, in the hospital, life at home feels unsettled and things become even more strained after her father loses his job, along with his sense of purpose. Ivy’s parents might divorce and her best friend hates her but, ever creative, she abandons her escapist fantasies and determines to uncover the truth.
This sharp and funny debut is literary fiction for adults, set in Northern California during the 1980s recession. A cross between “Cat’s Eye” by Margaret Atwood and “White Noise” by Don Delillo, Fayette Fox delves deep into the dark heart of an ordinary family – and finds out that make-believe isn’t just for kids.
Fayette started writing “The Deception Artist” as part of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), a personal challenge to write a novel during the month of November. It took her five years to finish writing the book.
“The Deception Artist” has been shortlisted for Amazon Rising Stars and the First Book Award ebooks by Sainsbury’s.