BARBARA BOURLAND lives in Baltimore, MD. Formerly, she was a web producer for O, The Oprah Magazine, and OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Network. I’ll Eat When I’m Dead is her first novel. She is currently at work on her next novel, Fake Like Me, which is also forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing.
I'LL EAT WHEN I'M DEAD
Grand Central Publishing – May 2, 2017
When stylish Hillary Whitney dies alone in a locked, windowless conference room at the offices of high-concept magazine RAGEFashion Book, her death is initially ruled an unfortunate side effect of the unrelenting pressure to be thin.
But two months later, a cryptic note in her handwriting ends up in the office of the NYPD and the case is reopened, leading Det. Mark Hutton straight into the glamorous life of hardworking RAGE editor Catherine Ono, who insists on joining the investigation. Surrounded by a supporting cast of party girls, Type A narcissists and half-dead socialites, Cat and her colleague Bess Bonner are determined to solve the case and achieve sartorial perfection. But their amateur detective work has disastrous results, and the two ingenues are caught in a web of drugs, sex, lies and moisturizer that changes their lives forever.
Viciously funny, this sharp and satirical take on the politics of women’s bodies and women’s work is an addictive debut novel.
Praise for I’LL EAT WHEN I’M DEAD
A US Magazine Must-Read
“I can’t put I’ll Eat When I’m Dead down, I LOVE it. Biting, funny, and brilliantly subversive; Bourland’s debut is like The Devil Wears Prada meets American Psycho.“―Louise O’Neill, author of Only Ever Yours and Asking For It
“A funny, fierce, feminist crime novel set around a fashion magazine called Rage? I’ll take one in every colour, please.“―Sarra Manning, Literary Editor at Red
“Sex. Drugs. Dries van Noten. I’ll Eat When I’m Dead skewers Tribe Fashion with wit and wicked intelligence. From Finnish toast-only restaurants to the Kobe-beef hide bikinis and fake feminism, Barbara Bourland makes you laugh out loud, and keep turning the pages. A deft, smart, and hilarious debut.”—Wednesday Martin, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Primates of Park Avenue
“A smart feminist fashion manifestor packed with pulpy, sexy, murderous intrigue. Highly entertaining!”—Elizabeth L. Cline, author of Overdressed
“One part deliciously satirical send-up, one part murder mystery, I’ll Eat When I’m Dead kept me reading and had me laughing out loud. This bold and wildly entertaining, in-your-face novel signals the arrival of Barbara Bourland as an exciting and savvy new voice.”
—Sara Blaedel, #1 international bestselling author of The Forgotten Girls
“I’ll Eat When I’m Dead is a reckless adventure in the world of starry-eyed models, dubiously sourced drugs, anorezia, and Instagram. But don’t let the frills and flashbulbs fool you. Barbara Bourland is here to show you that fashion is a deadly serious business.”—Mikita Brottman, author of The Maximum Security Book Club
“A compulsively readable, satirical romp with a sharp and vicious twist, I’ll Eat When I’m Dead is a timely, smart, and perceptive mystery.”—K.J. Howe, author of The Freedom Broker
“Bourland’s delightfully snarky debut leans heavily on satire, poking razor-sharp fun at the beauty industry and the cutthroat world that Bess and Cat inhabit, and some scenes are laugh-out-loud funny…Death by beauty was never so much fun.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Former magazine writer and web producer Bourland fills her debut with terrific characters…and a heaping helping of froth and gloss that will turn readers into industry insiders. Delightfully, playfully skewering the fashion and beauty industries, this is like The Devil Wears Prada (2003) with more feminism, plus murder.”—Booklist
“Readers will devour this mystery by Bourland.“—Romantic Times
“From toast-only restaurants to organic skin care laced with opioids, this is a smart, satirical take on fashion and media that will have readers snorting with laughter.“—NY Post
“A whodunnit with a Devil Wears Prada twist…If you love UnReal, then this smart, sassy novel will be right up your alley.“—Refinery29
“Barbara Bourland’s high fashion/murder mystery/genre smashing mash-up I’ll Eat When I’m Dead satirizes the stylish with a brilliant, biting wit. A feminist tome with clothes to die for that’s so twisty it will slay you.“—Marisa Marchetto, author of the New York Times best-selling graphic novel Ann Tenna
“I’ll Eat When I’m Dead combines sharp satire of the beauty-and-fashion industry with a twisty mystery.“—Tampa Bay Times
"Bourland walks the line between serious and comedy so deftly that anyone who has read a women’s magazine or caught an episode of America’s Next Top Model will understand the jokes and the lessons without conflict."—Fortune