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Ian Minot is one of countless writers working in a New York City coffeehouse while trying to get his stories published. He is even more discouraged by the immense popularity of Blade Markham, author of a bestselling memoir that rings false to Ian, but is lapped up by the adoring public. One day in the coffee shop, Ian gets so fed up with the ubiquitous Blade memoir that he snatches a copy from a customer and hurls it down the street. Turns out this mysterious coffee drinker has a proposition for Ian that not only might get him published but rocket his work to the top of the bestseller list. Filled with twists, turns and witty literary references, Langer’s clever novel dares to ask: When is the truth fiction?