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All his life Giovanni Bernini has possessed an uncanny gift: he can imitate anyone he meets. Honed by his mother at a young age, the talent catapults him from small-town obscurity to stardom.

As Giovanni describes it, “No one's disguise is perfect. There is in every person, no matter how graceful, a seam, a thread curling out of them. . . . When pulled by the right hands, it will unravel the person entire." As his fame grows, Giovanni encounters a beautiful and enigmatic stage singer, Lucy Starlight — the only person whose thread he cannot find — while becoming increasingly trapped within his many poses.

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"Jacob Rubin writes with more vitality, drive, and vision than any young writer I've seen in ten years."

Barry Hannah

The Poser is smart and grand and funny, a wonderful fable. Mr. Rubin is a great hope for comic fiction in the 21st century. He's got the spirit and the ear."

Sam Lipsyte

New York Times bestselling author of The Ask

"The liveliest prose and most ebullient voice in fiction I've read in some time. Full of rich, odd, humorously soulful, and tortured souls who yearn for – well, they don't often know, even if they think they do, but they want it. It's a romp, this novel, as if Dickens spawned Stanley Elkin and the Pynchon of The Crying of Lot 49, yet the voice is Rubin's own. Masterful prose, full of kinetic energy."

Brad Watson

author of the National Book Award finalist The Heaven of Mercury and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives