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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385536186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385536189
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Goodbye For Now

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."
Booklist (Starred)

"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."
Kirkus Reviews

"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."
Sacramento Bee   

“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

LAURIE FRANKEL is the author of one previous novel, The Atlas of Love. She lives in Seattle with her husband and young son.

More About the Author

Laurie Frankel writes, reads, and even occasionally sleeps in Seattle, Washington where she lives in the city with her husband, her border collie, and her four-year-old who strongly believes sleep is for the weak (or childless). THE ATLAS OF LOVE is her first novel. Her second, GOODBYE FOR NOW, came out August 2012 in the US and UK and is forthcoming in more than 25 foreign territories in 2013. Film rights have been optioned by Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment/Temple Hill.

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I love Laurie Frankel's writing style.
K. Ellis
He is a very likable character with a great sense of humor and is therefore easy to identify with.
Loved this book from beginning to end.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Bell VINE VOICE on July 31, 2012
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"Goodbye for Now" is one smartly conceived and beautifully executed novel with some of the most loving characters I've met in awhile.

If you've read other descriptions, by now you know that Sam is a genius computer programmer who wrote such a brilliant matching algorithm that it nearly put the computer dating service he worked for out of business. Finding himself temporarily unemployed, Sam puts his energy and skills into "RePose," his own company that allows people to video chat (or text, or email) with their deceased loved one. His perfect mate, Meredith (previously matched with Sam via his own algorithm) and her quirky cousin "Dash" partner with Sam in this venture.

This story is full of wisdom and emotion as Sam, Meredith and Dash become councilors to people from many walks of life who sign up for RePose in order to keep their "Departed Loved One" (DLO) in their lives just a little longer.

On a more cerebral level, death, the grieving process and the service provided by RePose are all approached from nearly every conceivable viewpoint; from Shakespeare's Hamlet to societal pros and cons, to the approaches taken by different generations, and more.

At one point, Dash, who often provides comic relief, goes on a rant justifying why RePose is a great new invention, in spite of the fact that some people will always resist new things:

"And the guy who invented fire was like, `No, it's great. You can stay warm even in winter and melt water when it freezes and cook your meat so you don't get worms and take a bath sometimes, which, no offense buddy, I'm inventing soap next because man do you stink. And you think that's cool--wait'll you see how it protects the village. And you can read after dark!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Sherman on October 9, 2012
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The writing was superb; I loved the characters. But as a 61-year-old woman, I ultimately found this book to be depressing and a bit dismal toward the end. I suspect that if I had read it when I was in my 20's or 30's, I would have loved every aspect of it--and if you are in that age group and intrigued by the premise, definitely read it. The author is young and can only write from her present vantage point; she can't possibly know otherwise. But for me, my enjoyment in the first half took a definite plunge in the second half (not related to any of the major characters or their actions), and when I finished it, I was mostly just kind of depressed. I would not recommend this book to anyone over 60.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Queequeg on June 19, 2013
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Two weeks before I read this book I lost a very dear friend, whom I loved; we had gone to art museums, we laughed and sang and drank, since we were in our 20s. She had early onset Alzheimers. She wasn't sure who she was at the end. I think that's why I read this book. The book itself has nothing in it that would normally appeal to me. I have very little interest in computer programming, and even less knowledge of it. Seattle has always struck me as wet, depressing and full of itself. The cover made me think of a certain female author, whose books make me ill. Yoga, and no sex and no violence, and men who are all sincere. It seemed like the type of book I would normally run from, as fast as I possibly could. But I read it in two hours and it made me cry. I thought of my friend and El Prado. I thought about loss and grief and who we really are. All from a book I almost didn't read. This one's for you GG:

"...ultimately, eventually, we let go. We do this not because we're ready. We do this not because we've mended. We do this not because we've mourned and come to terms and gotten over it and moved on. We never move on. We don't let go so much as lose our grip and fall because remembering is not enough..memory is imperfect. It is full of holes. It is more space than matter, like lace. It is at once sodden with sorrow and desiccated from lack of blood flow, the obvious result of a broken heart. It makes things up in hopeless attempts to comfort itself. It fills fissure with fantasy. It screws shut its eyes and balls up its fists and flings itself to the ground in a kicking, screaming, blind-rage temper tantrum against reality. But mostly,..memory keeps taking on more."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gearhead Mania TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 15, 2012
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Goodbye for now

The premise of the book was very promising, especially with a story that seemed to relate to a wide variety of readers. There's promise of loneliness, love, meeting the right person, and hints of loss. I felt that Frankel did an excellent job in developing the main characters Sam and Meredith. At the end of the book, I felt a real connection with Sam and how he would feel after the events that transpired.

The book is split into 3 parts, with the first part telling a story of how Sam came to meet Meredith and how they influenced so many lives. The second part deals with the implications of their invention, and the third part deals primarily with loss and closure. Although seemingly complicated at first, with frequent dialogue between the characters, the pace was just right. Frankel covers a lot of ground but it never felt rushed or too dull.

There are a few funny moments primarily found in the interaction between Sam and Meredith, specifically the funny couple moments. There are also plenty of sad events, and this is where Frankel really shines. She can make tragic or disheartening events feel so real because of excellent imagery. The one scene where Sam meets some children in the hospital where they have terminal cancer, Frankel described one child as crying and clutching to a worn yellow stuffed rabbit. The image of that worn out stuffed rabbit enhances the scene significantly.

The ending did not do much for me emotionally, although it provided a sense of closure for Sam. It just felt like there could have been a more robust and developed conclusion that is both powerful and effective.
Overall: 5/5 stars, I really enjoyed the story!
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