A story of conflicted friendship and its unravelling, told against the background of an ever-present, mind-twisting social media verse.
“A truly precious book.”
“A plot that reveals the soft underbelly of Instagram's branded activism.”
Maia is 26. Stuck in a dead-end job and a dysfunctional relationship, she's treading water. Gloria, 18, is an influencer with 2 million followers, and the fragility of those who grow up too fast.
Both are bereft. Maia, of purpose, and of the sister who took her own life, even though they weren't close, and she doesn't miss her. Gloria, of someone to help her grow and become stronger, but also of ideas and words that are truly hers.
When Maia starts working for Gloria, both their lives change forever. The two young women weave a complex, intense relationship. Its yarn will unwind behind the scenes of the virtual world Gloria inhabits, and for the first time both will see themselves as they really are. But in this dangerous game of mirrors, will Maia and Gloria still be able to distinguish what belongs to whom?
Born in Rome in 1991, Irene Graziosi started writing after getting a degree in developmental psychopathology. She writes for several magazines and newspapers, has co-founded a YouTube cultural channel for young people (and with almost 1M subscribers), and a new cultural magazine.