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Persona
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Persona
In a world where diplomacy has become celebrity, a young ambassador survives an assassination attempt and must join with an undercover paparazzo in a race to save her life, spin the story, and secure the future of her young country in this near-future political thriller from the acclaimed author of Mechanique and The Girls at Kingfisher Club.
When Suyana, Face of the United Amazonia Rainforest Confederation, secretly meets Ethan of the United States for a date that can solidify a relationship for the struggling UARC, the last thing she expects is an assassination attempt. Daniel, a teen runaway-turned-paparazzi out for his big break, witnesses the first shot hit Suyana, and before he can think about it, he jumps into the fray, telling himself it’s not altruism, it’s the scoop. Just like that, Suyana and Daniel are now in the game of Faces. And if they lose, they’ll die.
In a world where diplomacy has become celebrity, a young ambassador survives an assassination attempt and must join with an undercover paparazzo in a race to save her life, spin the story, and secure the future of her young country in this near-future political thriller from the acclaimed author of Mechanique and The Girls at Kingfisher Club.
When Suyana, Face of the United Amazonia Rainforest Confederation, secretly meets Ethan of the United States for a date that can solidify a relationship for the struggling UARC, the last thing she expects is an assassination attempt. Daniel, a teen runaway-turned-paparazzi out for his big break, witnesses the first shot hit Suyana, and before he can think about it, he jumps into the fray, telling himself it’s not altruism, it’s the scoop. Just like that, Suyana and Daniel are now in the game of Faces. And if they lose, they’ll die.
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  • Genevieve Valentine is the author of Persona and of the critically acclaimed debut novel Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, which won the Crawford Award for Best Novel, as well as a nomination for the Nebula Award and the Romantic Times Best Fantasy of the Year. Her short fiction has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. She lives in New York City. Visit her at GenevieveValentine.com.
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    January 12, 2015
    Blending celebrity and international diplomacy in a near-future Paris, Valentine (The Girls at the Kingfisher Club) crafts an intimate thriller that unmasks the players in the game. Suyana Sapacki, the United Amazonian Rainforest Confederation (UARC) representative to the International Assembly (IA), survives an assassination attempt with the aid of nascent paparazzi Daniel Park. Suyana goes underground with her allies in an eco-terrorist cell, Daniel in tow, while trying to discover the identity of her attackers—maybe UARC friend, maybe IA foe. Daniel is caught between loyalty to Suyana and the need to sell his photos to establish a news career. Through flashbacks, Valentine brings a measure of depth to her protagonists as well as their assorted colleagues and companions, all of whom are portrayed with a humorous, satiric edge (“Yes, nothing raises your social stock like being ignored by your betters”). Suyana and Daniel’s growth and increasing resilience gradually undermine the suspense, even as they earn the reader’s respect.

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