My Friend Anna

My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress

Rachel DeLoache Williams

In 2017, the public became transfixed by one of its favorite kinds of salacious stories: a glamorous con. Anna Sorokin, a young Russian woman presenting herself as a German heiress named Anna Delvey, was found guilty of grand larceny and theft of services for stealing about a quarter of a million dollars over just a few years from various institutions. Before Sorokin’s crimes were discovered, Rachel DeLoache Williams fell into her alluring world, adventuring through New York City with her daily. But then Sorokin asked Williams to temporarily cover their expenses during a lavish vacation in Morocco, and ended up leaving Williams with a $62,000 tab on her credit cards and no means to pay the bills. It’s a saga made for TV, as Netflix and HBO have noticed (both have projects based on Sorokin’s story in the works)—but Williams herself offers a page-turning first look at what happened within their complicated friendship, up through her testimony at Sorokin’s trial.

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