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If you love a fake-dating trope as much as I do, look no further than The View Was Exhausting. This debut follows what happens when a staged celebrity romance becomes a little too real. I got sucked in for the descriptions of lavish parties in Saint-Tropez, but I stayed for the compelling story about who gets to control their own narrative in the age of social media.— Lindsay
Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta are the co-authors of The View Was Exhausting. Mikaella's writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Hazlitt, Catapult, and more, and she was shortlisted for the 2019 Galley Beggar Press Prize and the 2018 Bridport Short Story Prize. Onjuli's work has been published in The Billfold and Daddy magazine. Mikaella is originally from Australia and Onjuli from England; they are married and live together in Berlin.
"An absolutely stellar debut with tension that crackles and prose that sings, The View Was Exhausting is the complex, Hollywood love story we've all been waiting for. Clements and Datta have crafted a book that's as heartfelt and earnest as it is sharp and surprising--I couldn't get enough."—Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of People We Meet on Vacation
"Married couple Clements and Datta use a playful trope to confront weighty issues in their excellent debut, a romance that's as timely as it is heartfelt. Readers will come for the swoon-worthy romance and stay for the beautiful prose."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Clements and Datta give the novel grit, depth, and originality as they explore how Win must balance her need for self-preservation with her desire to expose the intersection of racism and sexism in the film industry. This will-they, won’t-they journey is packed with emotional resonance.”—Kirkus
“I read it all in one morning and couldn't put it down once, which frankly was of huge disadvantage to me because I had work to do. The View Was Exhausting is enormously sophisticated, tension held like a net, as it slowly holds the reader closer and closer to a fire, and I laughed many times. It’s an absolute tour de force, and Win is now one of my new favorite protagonists ever.“—Tamsyn Muir, New York Times bestselling author of Gideon the Ninth