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Crosstalk Hardcover – October 4, 2016
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“A novelist who can plot like Agatha Christie and whose books possess a bounce and stylishness that Preston Sturges might envy.”—The Washington Post
“If anyone can be named ‘best science fiction writer of the age,’ it’s Connie Willis.”—Analog
“One of America’s finest writers . . . Willis can tell a story so packed with thrills, comedy, drama and a bit of red herring that the result is apt to satisfy the most discriminating, and hungry, reader.”—The Denver Post
“Willis can tell a story like no other. . . . One of her specialties is sparkling, rapid-fire dialogue; another, suspenseful plotting; and yet another, dramatic scenes so fierce that they burn like after-images in the reader’s memory.”—The Village Voice
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Briddey Flannigan is an expert in communication, working on the frontlines of the smartphone arms race at a major telecom company. When the new boyfriend she's bonded over an upcoming product launch withthe dreamy Trent Worthproposes after just six weeks, her main concern is keeping the snoopy office gossips from alerting her family, the sure-to-disapprove Flannigan clan. The issue is that Trent hasn't proposed marriage, he's proposed something far more intimate: an EED. A simple surgical procedure that allows an emotionally bonded couple to sense each other's feelings. What could go wrong? Everything]]at least, according to her family members and C.B. Schwartz, the eccentric genius who works out of her company's basement. Briddey decides it might be easier to just get the EED done fast, and have some relative peace and quiet with Trent as they race to outdo Apple's new phone. Too bad it turns out her familyand C.B.may have had a point. Briddey leaves the surgery with a far different outcome than she could ever have planned. Beloved, multiple Hugo- and Nebula Award-winner Connie Willis's unparalleled wit and ability to create unforgettable characters are at their peak in this timely new romantic comedy. Crosstalk will indeed have everyone talking, with its incisive and hilarious commentary on not just matters of the heart but our culture's obsession with making the private into the public. The Subterranean Press edition will be signed by the author and limited to 500 numbered copies. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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I'm sure I'm not the only reader who has complained that many of Willis's other plot lines would not have worked if the characters had cell phones (and what modern day person doesn't?). Get this: this book has cell phones in it! A lot of them. Willis takes our complains and shoves those cell phones right in our faces.
Great book. Make sure you don't give up in the first 1/3, try not to mind the slightly clunky ending, and enjoy the ride!
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