After you’ve completed watching ‘Inventing Anna’ on Netflix, you may read the book.
This winter, everyone’s delightful binge-watch addiction is Netflix’s “Inventing Anna.” The 9-episode series, starring Julia Garner as Anna “Delvey” Sorokin, follows the storey of Anna, a fictitious German (actually Russian) heiress who swooped into Manhattan in 2014 and set out to portray herself as an “It” girl with great business ideas and a vast trust fund. Month-long stays at different posh hotels were never paid, and the check — or in this case, the German wire transfer — was constantly in the mail.
In truth, she was Anna Sorokin, a Russian-born adolescent who moved to Germany. She moved to Paris as a young lady, used the surname Delvey, and eventually made her way to New York, where she became a grifter legend with an Instagram account depicting a beautiful, jet-setting lifestyle.
If you’re looking for more Anna content after finishing the series, go no further than Rachel DeLoache Williams’ “My Friend Anna: The True Story of the Fake Heiress Who Conned Me and Half of New York City” (Gallery Books). (Intriguingly, Williams is shown in the series in an unflattering light, but Anna is regarded as a feminist antihero rather than a lying thief at times.)
The book, which was published in 2019, chronicles Williams’ acquaintance with Delvey, who invited him on a vacation to Morocco, where they slept in a $7,500-per-night private villa at the five-star La Mamounia hotel. However, issues developed, as they often did with Anna, and it was discovered that her credit cards were not valid. Faced with the prospect of Moroccan police intervention due to nonpayment, Williams showed her own credit cards and was promised by Anna that she would repay her as soon as they returned to the United States.
This was a falsehood, and Williams was left with a $62,000 debt, the majority of which was charged to her company credit card. Williams finally got in touch with the New York district attorney and helped put up a sting operation that arrested Delvey.
“This show is walking a tight line between selling it as a genuine narrative and also saying, ‘except for all the bits that aren’t,” Williams told the Vanity Fair newsletter recently. “When does a half-truth become more hazardous than a lie?”