Becoming Duchess Goldblatt by anonymous
I don’t even know where to start with this one, other than to say I read it because it was the February pick for an online book club that I belong to. If not for that reason, I never would have picked it up. I mean, it’s a memoir but we don’t know who wrote it. Weird, right? Well it doesn’t stop there…
The Premise: While I did at some point create a Twitter account, I do not use the platform. I don’t tweet or see tweets from others. I expect that is why I had never heard of Duchess Goldblatt. If you are in the same boat, let me tell you what I have recently learned. Duchess Goldblatt is a fictional person that exists only on Twitter. Someone created an account in this name, created an obviously fake backstory and current life details, and tweets as this fictitious person. Let me give you an example of the fiction: Duchess Goldblatt lives in a fictional town that is just outside of Manhattan, 10 minutes from the Canadian border and also near Kansas. How is this possible? It is possible because it’s fake.
The account of Duchess Goldblatt is not intending to trick anyone. It is obvious it is fake, Duchess routinely mentions that she is make-believe, but yet her posts became “a thing”. People loved her and apparently if you were a fan of Duchess, you instantly had a friend base of all the other fans. She brought people together, offered inspiration and was beloved by many…even though they all knew it was fake. Many people wondered, “Who is Duchess Goldblatt?” But only a few people actually know.
This memoir is a beautifully told story of a seriously depressed woman, who starts a project simply to be a creative outlet. She never guessed the fame her account would achieve and how it would lead her to a friendship with Lyle Lovette.
It’s a short book, but a great read. Even though I knew nothing about Duchess Goldblatt, I found her story uplifting.
Get your copy HERE. If you read it, let me know in comments what you thought of it!
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