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Made for Love: A Novel Hardcover – July 4, 2017
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“Smart, riveting ... The book begins, and races along, as an antic thriller...Made for Love crackles and satisfies by all its own weird rules, subversively inventing delight where none should exist. How can a book be so bright, and so dark?” (New York Times Book Review)
“[Hazel] is the rare literary heroine in whose company it would be a pleasure to absolutely wreck my life...The book is a total joyride, dizzying and surprising, like a state-fair roller coaster that makes you queasy for a moment but leaves you euphoric in the end.” (The New Yorker)
“Bizarre and brutally funny… relentlessly entertaining… Made for Love is a whip-smart critique of our relationship with technology and the ways we connect to other humans.” (Harper's Bazaar)
“Provocative and irreverent, Made for Love is an absurdly hilarious musing on love and marriage.” (W Magazine)
“Alissa Nutting’s Made for Love has to be this summer’s most heartwarming novel.” (LitHub)
“[A] wacky, hysterical and crazy-compelling story. Virtually every sentence of this book is laugh-out-loud hilarious... With [Nutting’s] wit plus the intrigue of the plot, it really is impossible to put down.” (New York Daily News)
“Embrace the absurdity in this bonkers romp.” (Cosmopolitan)
“Easily one of the funniest books about sex and modern technology you’ll read this year.” (NPR.org)
“Made for Love will be one of the funniest, most absurd books you’ll read this summer....Hilarious, clever, and strikingly original, Made for Love speaks to the absurdity of our societal obsessions with technology and wealth.” (Buzzfeed)
“Nutting is the perfect writer to examine this absurdity, and what she’s done in Made for Love is remarkable. Let’s just put it out there: go read this book.” (The Millions)
About the Author
Alissa Nutting is an assistant professor of English at Grinnell College. She is the author of the story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, as well as the novel Tampa.
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Edited: Read "Tampa" over the weekend. I liked Hazel in "Made for Love" better than Celeste Price in "Tampa" but neither woman felt particularly "real" to me. Both of Nutting's female protagonists (I guess?) are very one-track-minded and not particularly well-rounded, neither had any real redeeming qualities. Both characters had a fetish and Nutting laser-focused their stories to their respective inevitable conclusions, with neither character seeming to learn from her experiences, except that she can keep doing what she was doing, more or less, to the same effect. Now I feel like I should write a book report....
I don’t know why I finished the book; I felt sorry for Hazel and kept hoping she’d find her mojo, at least a little. Good ending - if there had been more moments of self-revelation that led Hazel to become a deeper more complex and interesting character, the story would have been much more satisfying.
Three stars because it held my interest till the end, and was, for the most part, an easy read.
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The characters thoughts dominated the book. The inter self of characters went on for pages