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A Working Theory of Love

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Publisher Comments:

An extraordinary debut novel that “hits that sweet spot where humor and melancholy comfortably coexist” (Entertainment Weekly).

Before his brief marriage imploded, Neill Bassett took a job feeding data into what could be the world's first sentient computer. Only his attempt to give it language — through the journals his father left behind after committing suicide — has unexpected consequences. Amidst this turmoil, Neill meets Rachel, a naïve young woman escaping a troubled past, and finds himself unexpectedly drawn to her and the possibilities she holds. But as everything he thought about the past becomes uncertain, every move forward feels impossible.

Review:

"Clever, funny, and very entertaining....Hutchins is an unsentimental and compassionate creator of vivid characters...[a] charming, warmhearted, and thought-provoking novel." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"The field of artificial intelligence, or computer robotics, may not sound like a poignant story line for a novel, particularly one that bends thematically toward the beatings of the heart. But Scott Hutchins, in A Working Theory of Love turns this potentially sterile technological world into an emotionally moving force that helps propel the narrative as it grapples with the stuff of real life... In quick, artful strokes, the various characters in a wide cast are memorably drawn and entwined in Neill's personal saga. Even the would-be intelligent machine, 'Dr. Bassett,' becomes such a vivid character that questions of its mortality, not just its human dimensions, are raised....A terrific debut, an intriguing, original take on family and friendship, lust and longing, grief and forgiveness." The Associated Press

Review:

"A wistful, funny debut." People

Review:

"What makes a man? In this terrific debut novel, A Working Theory of Love, emotionally adrift divorcé Neill Bassett Jr. is trying to build the world's first sentient computer program. After inputting 20 years of his late father's diaries, he holds conversations with a pixelated personality that seems just like his dad — discussing his life, his childhood, and his current romantic woes. Throughout, Hutchins hits that sweet spot where humor and melancholy comfortably coexist." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"[A] must-read debut novel. [A Working Theory of Love] is in some ways is a kind of Nick Hornby-ish take on Richard Powers' computer classic, Galatea 2.2... this novel thwarts the reader's expectations at every turn, blurring the line between man, memory, and machine." Details

Review:

"It takes a genius, a supercomputer, a disembodied voice and a man whos stopped believing to create A Working Theory of Love. Original, wise, full of serious thinking, serious fun, and the shock of the new, this book is astonishing." Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Masters Son

About the Author

Scott Hutchins is a Truman Capote fellow in the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University, where he currently teaches. He lives in San Francisco.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143124191
Author:
Hutchins, Scott
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20130831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 0.61 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 336 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143124191 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Clever, funny, and very entertaining....Hutchins is an unsentimental and compassionate creator of vivid characters...[a] charming, warmhearted, and thought-provoking novel."
"Review" by , "The field of artificial intelligence, or computer robotics, may not sound like a poignant story line for a novel, particularly one that bends thematically toward the beatings of the heart. But Scott Hutchins, in A Working Theory of Love turns this potentially sterile technological world into an emotionally moving force that helps propel the narrative as it grapples with the stuff of real life... In quick, artful strokes, the various characters in a wide cast are memorably drawn and entwined in Neill's personal saga. Even the would-be intelligent machine, 'Dr. Bassett,' becomes such a vivid character that questions of its mortality, not just its human dimensions, are raised....A terrific debut, an intriguing, original take on family and friendship, lust and longing, grief and forgiveness."
"Review" by , "A wistful, funny debut."
"Review" by , "What makes a man? In this terrific debut novel, A Working Theory of Love, emotionally adrift divorcé Neill Bassett Jr. is trying to build the world's first sentient computer program. After inputting 20 years of his late father's diaries, he holds conversations with a pixelated personality that seems just like his dad — discussing his life, his childhood, and his current romantic woes. Throughout, Hutchins hits that sweet spot where humor and melancholy comfortably coexist."
"Review" by , "[A] must-read debut novel. [A Working Theory of Love] is in some ways is a kind of Nick Hornby-ish take on Richard Powers' computer classic, Galatea 2.2... this novel thwarts the reader's expectations at every turn, blurring the line between man, memory, and machine."
"Review" by , "It takes a genius, a supercomputer, a disembodied voice and a man whos stopped believing to create A Working Theory of Love. Original, wise, full of serious thinking, serious fun, and the shock of the new, this book is astonishing."
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