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Goodbye for Now: A Novel Hardcover – Import, 7 August 2012
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"Like the film The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Frankel's clever and well-considered second novel extends the reach of technology just beyond our fingertips, where it feels possible. In this slightly magical world, her characters remain simple, which allows her to lavish attention on RePose and its implications."
- The New York Times Book Review
“Frankel presents a fascinating concept as she keenly and sensitively explores themes of love and loss in this tearjerker centered on technology that pushes the boundaries of artificial intelligence. A compelling novel that tugs at the heartstrings; keep tissues handy."
"The Social Network meets One Day in an attractive love-and-loss story that applies new technology to the job of soothing broken hearts…There’s no denying Frankel’s warmth, wit and ingenuity in this cleverly conceived charmer."
"Frankel tells a touching story of how this young couple deals with a new love in a world full of loss and sadness. Her first novel, The Atlas of Love, was a wonderful, heartfelt read, and while this book has a completely different story line, it retains that emotional core. Frankel is an author to watch and definitely to keep in stock."
—Library Journal (Starred)
"If you like your love stories modern, clever, and a little weepy (think One Day), you will adore this."
—Redbook’s Sizzling Summer Reading List
"Computer science flirts with sci-fi when a programmer creates software that (almost) lets the living talk with the departed."
“Clever, funny, moving, intelligent, Goodbye For Now is about love and loss, real live emotions and human relationships in a cyber world taken to its extreme. Will Laurie Frankel's wonderful book capture your heart and imagination? Absolutely. You will laugh; you will cry. And you will probably start video chatting with your loved ones daily, just in case an inspired computer genius jumps on Frankel's idea.”
—Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
“Goodbye For Now is a fabulous, original read—very funny, yet so sad and thought-provoking too. I couldn’t put it down.”
—Liane Moriarty, bestselling author of What Alice Forgot
"Somewhere in the middle of Goodbye For Now, I found myself getting angry at Laurie Frankel for moving so seamlessly between hilarious and devastating, and for making me feel so deeply for her characters. I offer this as both recommendation and warning: this book will engross you and affect you, and you should know that you won't be putting it down unchanged."
—Carolyn Parkhurst, New York Times bestselling author of The Dogs of Babel and The Nobodies Album
About the Author
- Publisher : Doubleday (7 August 2012)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385536186
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385536189
- Item Weight : 522 g
- Dimensions : 16.26 x 3.35 x 24.13 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
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Keep writing Laurie! (I also loved That’s the Way...)
The book is set in the world as we know it, not a futuristic setting that would put off readers who aren't interested in sci-fi: Sam, a regular guy (also a computer genius) designs a computer programme that will allow the loved ones of the recently deceased to continue seeing and interacting with them as if they were still there. It's a brilliantly simple idea for a novel and you can probably guess some of the issues that are going to be raised... The characters, the story, the themes of death & grief and all the moral questions arising from keeping the dead 'alive' (when you probably really should be letting them go) are all exquisitely woven together in one incredibly entertaining and poignant book.
It's a fresh and original story and I can't really liken it to anything else I've read. The book echoes the tone and some of the elements of the film Sim0ne and perhaps also Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, but it's a very different story at its heart. It's an effortless read, so well put-together that there were no real dips; something was always happening, moving the story along and keeping me hooked to the very last page. It was a hugely satisfying read for me and this is the book I'll no doubt be recommending to everyone for a long while!