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Pleasure Boat Studio, 2021 - Fiction - 358 pages
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"What does it mean to be famous for being famous? To sacrifice your privacy for the devotion of millions of followers and millions of dollars in corporate sponsorships? Sixteen-year-old Amanda Dizon is an ordinary girl in an ordinary town in Iowa, whose only ambition is not to disappoint others. But when she falls into an abandoned well in her back yard during presidential primary campaign season, the national media post the story, the candidates visit her in the hospital, and she becomes a star on the new Chinese-owned social media platform PingPong. She has no special talents, and nothing special to say. But her followers find her ordinariness exotic and refreshing. The media create their own narratives around her fall into the well-she's a hero; she's the victim of a predator; she's fake news. But the attention only serves to increase her popularity. Amanda911 is a story for our time, about an occupation that didn't exist a few years ago, but which millions now aspire to. It's a funny, fast-paced journey through the contemporary digital landscape that is the influencer phenomenon"--Publisher's description

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About the author (2021)

Mark Schreiber was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1960, graduated high school at age fifteen and began writing novels full-time. Princes in Exile, which explores a prodigy's struggle to accept his own mortality at a summer camp for kids with cancer, was published in 1984 and made into a feature film in 1991. It has been published in ten countries, received two awards in Europe and was shortlisted for the Austria Prize. Carnelian, a fantasy, was published by Facet in Belgium. Starcrossed, a rebuttal to Romeo and Juliet, was published by Flux and translated into French and Turkish. His illustrated science book, How to Build an Elephant, was published as an Apple app by Swag Soft. He has written over forty books and received two State of Ohio Individual Writer Fellowships. For the last seven years, he has been a digital nomad, living on four continents. He currently resides in Costa Rica.

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