Followers by Megan Angelo is a dystopian fiction. It hit the shelves on 14th January 2020. The book has been published by Graydon House. It is Megan’s debut novel.
Orla Cadden is a budding novelist stuck in a dead-end job, writing clickbait about movie-star hookups and influencer yoga moves. Then Orla meets Floss―a striving wannabe A-lister―who comes up with a plan for launching them both into the high-profile lives they dream about. So what if Orla and Floss’s methods are a little shady and sometimes people get hurt? Their legions of followers can’t be wrong.
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I always wondered what a day like this would feel like, when something creative you did comes out. So now I’m going to tell you what it was like for me. Before I could really get to anything on my phone I had to wipe pee out of a baby cast, find a missing school-library book, and clean up cereal that somebody knocked over with their elbow (not the way you’re thinking—by putting the elbow into the milk and laughing and slowly guiding it off the table). I read a card from my parents that made me cry. I tried to make myself a nice breakfast but I tripped a breaker using the microwave and the coffee maker at the same time and abandoned it. I talked to everyone I’ve ever known and felt so moved to see how excited people were for me. I got really nice flowers. I looked at Twitter. I looked at Instagram. I looked at my email. I looked at Facebook. I thought hey you know what maybe the Internet is nice, maybe I shouldn’t have written a whole book that suggests the Internet is evil. I went on Amazon and read a two star review and thought yeah never mind the Internet’s bad. I made myself tacos for lunch. I started to watch an episode of @younetflix because I felt like I deserved to do something fun but then the baby woke up and I was like man, I can’t let her watch You. When the other kids were done at school I took them to the bookstore and made them pose by my book before I’d let them get a Captain Underpants. I saw that the store only had three copies when I knew they got five in and I was like oh MAN I am selling like hotcakes. Then I remembered my parents went in there and bought two copies. But hotcakes are hotcakes, right? I bought Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkey. The kids started trashing the place so I yelled at them but then I kind of changed my tone of voice in the middle of the sentence because I didn’t want anyone in the store to know I yell at my kids. We went home and they took a while to go to bed because they got too worked up re-enacting the “Roundball Rock” sketch from SNL with @tsrobinson23 and Jason Sudeikis. I forgot to wash my hair, but all my best days have been days I didn’t wash my hair. And that’s what it’s like.
Thirty-five years later, in a closed California village where government-appointed celebrities live every moment of the day on camera, a woman named Marlow discovers a shattering secret about her past. Despite her massive popularity―twelve million loyal followers―Marlow dreams of fleeing the corporate sponsors who would do anything to keep her on-screen. When she learns that her whole family history is based on a lie, Marlow finally summons the courage to run in search of the truth, no matter the risks.
Followers traces the paths of Orla, Floss, and Marlow as they wind through time toward each other, and toward a cataclysmic event that sends America into lasting upheaval. At turns wry and tender, bleak and hopeful, this darkly funny story reminds us that even if we obsess over famous people we’ll never meet, what we really crave is genuine human connection.
About the author
Megan Angelo grew up in Quakertown, Pennsylvania and graduated from Villanova University. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Glamour and Elle, among other publications. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family. Followers is her first novel.