Your favorite celebrity memoir was most probable written with the aid of a ghostwriter, an creator who anonymously pens books for others (often well-known folks) to publish under their personal names. Taking a gaggle of garbled notes from a celebrity and writing up some thing legible is thrilling work, to say the least.
Ghostwriters must be adaptable and discreet approximately their clients. This hasn’t been a trouble for ghostwriter Allie Lang, a single mom in suburban New England who is the main man or woman in Heidi Pitlor’s Impersonation. Or rather, adaptability and discretion haven’t been a trouble for Allie before—till she is hired to ghostwrite a book for famous activist Lana Breban about elevating a feminist son.
Allie admires her ballsy new consumer, and adopting the voice of a trailblazing feminist comes clearly to her. Allie desires to raise a feminist son, too. Yet it turns into clear over the years that the two girls are not combating the identical battles. In fact, they may not even be fighting on the equal battlefield. Lana has a financially generous ebook deal, an assistant and Hollywood friends on velocity dial. Furthermore, she’s spent little to no time absolutely raising her son. She has a nanny for that.
Pitlor’s genius is that Impersonation doesn’t inn to pitting two ladies against each other. One woman’s profession is circumscribed by means of care work, and the other’s career is not. But whilst Allie laments that “integrity—and actual feminism—were actually for humans greater financially stable than I,” it’s obvious that the troubles between this ghostwriter and her patron are emblematic of so much more. Impersonation isn’t only a critique of the “white feminism” of privileged girls who prioritize cash and achievement in existing electricity structures. It’s also extra than a critique of the publishing industry, which best cares that Lana seems “maternal” enough to promote parenting books. Impersonation is a critique of our society’s fragile social safety net for so many vulnerable women, complete of satirical humor and a lot of harsh truths.