I’m sure you’ve all heard of Anna Delvey, the twenty something con-artist who scammed the whole of New York City. When I read The Cut’s article about her, I was immediately gripped by her story and wanted to know more, because it just seemed so crazy to me that these things could happen IRL. One of the people who got personally affected by Delvey’s shenanigans was Rachel DeLoache Williams, ex-Vanity Fair picture researcher, and she wrote about it in her book titled My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress. I’m writing this just before reaching the end of it, but it’s taking me a little while because this book gives me serious anxiety.
In short, the author tells the story of how she was invited back then by Delvey to take part in a lavish Moroccan trip. When she got there, she had to assume the charges, which went above US $30K, because the pretended German heiress did not have functional cards. What followed is a series of stressful texts and fake hopes between the two so that DeLoache Williams could get her money back.
But I would not recommend the book. Not just for how it made me feel, but I think the story focused too much on this specific incident of Delvey crime (which I concede, is quite traumatic) when there is SO much more to say about it. I think the story was dragging a little bit. For what it’s worth, I would focus on reading the articles already available in the media. It wasn’t bad per say, but I think you need to be able to take a lot to digest it. I try not to share too much negative feedback on my blog, but since I’ve been so excited about it and mentioned it a few times, I thought I should be honest.
What have you been reading recently?