“Who Is Maud Dixon? has enough twists and turns (really good ones!) to make you dizzy for a week. Dizzy with joy! By the end of the book you’ll start wondering if author Alexandra Andrews might be a murderer herself.” —James Patterson
Florence Darrow is a low-level publishing employee who believes that she's destined to be a famous writer. When she stumbles into a job as writer’s assistant to Maud Dixon, a world-famous, enigmatic novelist whose true identity is a secret, Florence believes that the universe is finally providing her big chance.
The arrangement seems perfect. Maud Dixon (whose real name, Florence discovers, is Helen Wilcox) can be prickly, but she is full of pointed wisdom — not only on how to write, but also on how to live. Helen even invites Florence along on a research trip to Morocco, where her new novel is set. Florence hopes this trip will be the first of many. And maybe, finally, she will experience something exciting to write about herself.
But soon Florence starts to wonder: Instead of hiding in Helen’s shadow, why not just upgrade into Helen's life? As well as her bestselling pseudonym, Maud Dixon . . .
More Praise for Who Is Maud Dixon?
“Stylish and sharp, with wicked hairpin turns, Who Is Maud Dixon? is part Patricia Highsmith, part All About Eve and pure fun.” —Maria Semple
“Who is Maud Dixon? is clever, cunning, and diabolical in the best possible way. Anyone longing for a good old-fashioned thrill need look no further.” —Ann Patchett
“Who is Maud Dixon? channels the spirit of Patricia Highsmith at her finest: Alexandra Andrews’ deliciously witty, surprising and sly novel will keep you riveted to the last page.” —Claire Messud
“A Highsmithian and Hitchcockian mashup about egos in every sense of the word, Who is Maud Dixon? Never sacrifices graceful prose and acute insights for its breakneck pace. “Unputdownable” has become overused praise, but it fully applies here; it is impossible to start Alexandra Andrews’s novel and not feel compelled to speed through its switchback twists to its conclusion.” —Teddy Wayne
“Who Is Maud Dixon? That's but the first of countless questions to tease you — and then rivet you, and finally obsess you — as Alexandra Andrews’ astonishing debut novel glides and glitters like a snake in Moroccan sunlight. Smoothly written, nimbly plotted (boldly, too: this novel takes chances, not prisoners) — yet also buzzing with an irresistible intensity and relish. Roaring round of applause here.” —A.J. Finn
“Captivating debut! Who is Maud Dixon? is a beautifully written literary thriller with a sumptuous Moroccan setting. What’s not to love? Brava, Alexandra Andrews!” —Elin Hilderbrand