A Virtual Love

A Virtual Love

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For Jeff Brennan, juggling multiple identities is a way of life. Online he has dozens of different personalities and switches easily between them. Offline, he shows different faces to different people: the caring grandson, the angry eco-protester, the bored IT consultant.
So when the beautiful Marie mistakes him for a famous blogger, he thinks nothing of adding this new identity to his repertoire. But as they fall in love and start building a life together, Jeff is gradually forced into more and more desperate measures to maintain his new identity, and the boundaries between his carefully segregated personas begin to fray.

In a world where truth is a matter of perspective and identities are interchangeable, Jeff finds himself trapped in his own web of lies. How far will he go to maintain his secrets? And even if he wanted to turn back, would he be able to?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 24mm | 240g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1909039454
  • 9781909039452
  • 1,087,346

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A compelling tale, told from several perspectives, about the identity that people project about themselves in the social media world and the real life identity that we all cannot escape from. A fascinating, modern story that had me gripped. -- Award-winning author Alex Wheatle MBE A compelling and very entertaining look at the complexities of our hyperreal age, an insightful and witty exploration of the disconnect between image and reality, truth and appearance and whether love and sincere sentiment can overcome the short term thrills of social media. -- James Miller `A Virtual Love by Andrew Blackman is a thoroughly modern novel, much of which takes place online. Its lead character, Jeff, is confident with the different images that he projects on social media and dating websites, and when the beautiful Marie mistakes him online for someone else, he plays along and they fall in love. "We create different versions of ourselves on different sites," says the author, "and reshape or delete them at will." The novel goes as far as to question whether anyone has a "real" identity anymore.' -- Katy Guest * The Independent * 'Andrew Blackman has written a remarkable novel, A Virtual Love, which explores the differences between actual and virtual personas (masks) in a digital age ... A novel for anyone who loves to be seduced by characters whose desires are in conflict with a reality for which there is no Undo button.' -- Caribbean poet and author Geoffrey Philp 'Andrew Blackman's second novel is a fine study of identity and deception at the point where the online and offline worlds intersect.' -- David Hebblethwaite * We Love This Book * 'Blackman hits on the performative nature of online interaction and profile building, the task of constructing an idealised version of the self to be displayed to the world, and also questions our willingness to believe.' -- The Workshy Fop 'A Virtual Love by Andrew Blackman is a thoughtful, artistic, entertaining and ultimately sad meditation upon the state of the world in the digital age.' -- US book blog Babbling Books 'Andrew Blackman's second novel looks at the world of online interaction, telling an engaging story while making deeper points about the commodification of identity in the age of social networking.' -- Bloggers Recommend 'An engaging, brilliant story capturing the almost impenetrable emotions and issues cropping up in a fairly new digital age. Blackman has made me take a long, hard look at myself and how I choose to portray myself not only online, but everywhere else too.' -- US book blog The Innocent Flower 'A great touching story exposing the disconnect between generations, human frailty and the underlying love that permeates the whole book.' -- US Blogger Random Thoughts 'The web of lies that each character spins, their inability to say what they really feel make them inhabitants of an imaginary world they can't seem to be able to leave, trapped in their own fantasies.' -- Postcards from Asia
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About Andrew Blackman

Andrew is the author of On the Holloway Road published by Legend Press in 2009.
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Rating details

73 ratings
3.52 out of 5 stars
5 19% (14)
4 34% (25)
3 27% (20)
2 18% (13)
1 1% (1)

Our customer reviews

Jeff Brennan has multiple online personalities and finds switching between them easier than dealing with his mundane offline existence. Jeff, depending on who he is dealing with can be a caring grandson, a bored IT consultant, avid gamer or committed eco warrior, it is this last one that completely changes his life. Whilst on a protest with a friend he meets the gorgeous Marie, a young American woman who works with the homeless. After the protest Jeff and Marie are introduced to each other and she, who on hearing his name, mistakes him for a famous, yet reclusive political blogger of the same name. Jeff decides to go along with this as a ruse to get a date with Marie, but as they fall in love and develop a relation, he has to come up with increasingly more desperate measures to keep the illusion alive. This all comes to a head when the reclusive blogger decides to attend a protest and introduces himself to Marie. I won't divulge any more of the story, I will just leave you with some questions. Will Jeff & Marie's relationship survive this? Will Jeff survive this? How will famous Jeff deal with the other Jeff? How will Andrew Blackman tie all the ends together ? All this and much more make up the final section of this book and how Andrew brings it all together is as much fun as the book itself. A Virtual Love is an old, old tale told in new way, it is a tale of love and deception, but spun from new cloth, spun from Nano technology. In the modern world, where a great part of an individual's life is played out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Librarything or Goodreads etc. Where people whose interaction is more online whether this is purchase or play, what needs to be remembered - is how we relate to others and how we perceive those relations. In a world where one can form authentic relationships without physically meeting, one needs to occasionally remember that like all relationships - how you would like to be treated is how you should treat others. A Virtual Love is a great fun read that makes you smile whilst leaving you with a lot of questions.show more
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