Synopses & Reviews
In Molly Shapiro’s fun and sexy debut novel, four women try to sort through the wild and complicated world of text messaging, status updates, and other high-speed connections.
Best friends and fellow midwesterners Katie, Annie, Maxine, and Claudia are no strangers to dealing with love and relationships, but with online dating and social networking now in the mix, they all have the feeling they’re not in Kansas anymore. Katie, a divorced mother of two, secretly seeks companionship through the Internet only to discover that the rules of the dating game have drastically changed. Annie, a high-powered East Coast transplant, longs for a baby, yet her online search for a sperm donor is not as easy—or anonymous—as she anticipates. Maxine, a successful artist with a seemingly perfect husband, turns to celebrity gossip sites to distract herself from her less-than-ideal marriage. And Claudia, tired of her husband’s obsession with Facebook, finds herself irresistibly drawn to a handsome co-worker. As these women navigate the new highs and lows of the digital age, they each find that their wrong turns lead surprisingly to the right click and, ultimately, the connection they were seeking.
"A frank examination of romance in the digital age drives Shapiro's lively debut novel (after a short story collection, Eternal City). Set in Kansas City, her tale follows a group of female friends as they attempt to understand the role of technology in their romantic lives. Divorced mother Katie navigates the 'dog-eat-dog world of Internet dating,' while painter Maxine avoids the reality of her sexless marriage by obsessing over celebrity gossip sites. Annie, a marketing director and native New Yorker, learns the pitfalls of searching for a sperm donor online, and Claudia, put off by her unemployed husband's Facebook addiction ('e went on a frenzied friend-acquisition spree...'), begins a flirtation with a co-worker. Shapiro skillfully interweaves their stories, and peppers the narrative with sharp observations on relationships both real and virtual. As warm as it is witty, Shapiro's fiction outing emphasizes the importance of genuine connection, wherever it might be found. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Molly Shapiro is the author of Eternal City, winner of the Willa Cather Fiction Prize. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown and a master’s degree in creative writing from Columbia. She currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her two children, Fanny and Harry.