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“Sixteen-year-old Iowa schoolgirl Amanda Dizon may be the nation’s most unremarkable teenager, until she falls down a well and finds herself instantaneously transformed from irrelevant to influencer. Mark Schreiber’s sly, rollicking masterpiece, Amanda911, follows Amanda’s escapades and sends up the craven, fame-obsessed virtual culture of today’s adolescents. As insightful as Dickens and as innovative as Heller, Schreiber is the definitive satirist of the social media generation.”—Jacob M. Appel, author of Einstein’s Beach House
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I can’t believe you guys! exclaimed Nicole. You never heard of MakeItRain? It’s crowdfunding for personal tragedy.
But I only fractured one ankle, said Amanda. The doctor said I can probably go home tomorrow.
But nobody knew that when the story broke, did they?
What is this figure? asked Amanda’s mom. $305,050? Is that the goal?
The goal is ten thousand dollars! Nicole shouted above the music.
$305,050 is the amount pledged. So you can easily afford to buy me a Jaguar. I just want a basic one. And you’ll have money left over to buy a car painted rainbow colors for yourself, and probably a house with a life-size stuffed unicorn.
A life-size stuffed unicorn?
This can’t be legitimate, whispered Amanda’s mother.
Amanda’s mom grabbed her daughter’s arm. Can you please give us a minute, Nicole?
She helped her daughter into a wheelchair and wheeled her into the corridor, where it was quiet enough to talk in normal voices, and bright enough to see each other clearly.
She knelt down so that their gaze was level. Are you OK, darling?
Are you kidding? This is the best day of my life!
You suffered a traumatic experience.
The well? I should have fallen down that thing a long time ago!
Listen, this is all nice and fun, and I’m glad all your classmates have finally taken an interest in you, even if they have ulterior motives...
Mom, cut to the chase.
But none of this is real. It’s just entertainment. The RainMan account, the six million friends...
It’s seven million now!
about Mark Schreiber...
Mark Schreiber was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1960, graduated high school at age fifteen and began writing novels full-time. Princes in Exile, which explores a prodigy’s struggle to accept his own mortality at a summer camp for kids with cancer, was published in 1984 and made into a feature film in 1991. It has been published in ten countries, received two awards in Europe and was shortlisted for the Austria Prize. Carnelian, a fantasy, was published by Facet in Belgium. Starcrossed, a rebuttal to Romeo and Juliet, was published by Flux and translated into French and Turkish. His illustrated science book, How to Build an Elephant, was published as an Apple app by Swag Soft. He has written over forty books and received two State of Ohio Individual Writer Fellowships. For the last seven years he has been a digital nomad, living on four continents. He currently resides in Costa Rica.