A novel of painting, pretence and the strange ways in which truth makes itself known, from the author of One Hundred Shades of White.
Nina's lost her job, boyfriend and faith in her guru in the space of 24 hours. Unable to tell her parents what has happened, she puts on a suit every day and pretends to go to work.
What she's really doing is escaping to a studio, where she begins to paint for the first time in years. But when her work is spotted by a top gallery owner, she cannot admit she is the painter, and pretends to be the agent instead. Meanwhile, at home, she's agreed to an arranged marriage to keep the peace. Now there are too many layers of pretence and something has to give way - but at what cost to Nina?
This novel is based on the author's own experience of self-publishing her first novel. To lend the novel credibility, she invented Pru, a pushy publicist. Pru went on to be shortlisted for the PPC Publicist of the Year Award, but her cover was blown - it was Preethi all along.