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Helen Schulman is the author of the novels A Day at the Beach, P.S., The Revisionist, and Out of Time, and the short story collection Not a Free Show. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Vanity Fair, Time, Vogue, GQ, The Paris Review, and the New York Times Book Review. She is an Associate Professor of Writing at The New School. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
The controversial and explosive story of how one email can tear a family apart. From the publishers of The Slap, this international bestseller is a provocative fictional exploration of the way we live now.
The controversial and explosive story of how one email can tear a family apart. From the publishers of The Slap, this new bestseller is a provocative fictional exploration of the way we live now.
Recommended by Vogue, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Skimm, The BBC, Southern Living, Pure Wow, Hey Alma, Esquire, EW, Refinery 29, Bust, and Read It or Weep A New York Post Best Book of the Week Mind-blowingly brilliant.... Provocative, profound and yes, a little unsettling, Come With Me is about how technology breaks apart and then reconfigures a family, and though it has hints of sci-fi, it's so beautifully grounded in reality that it seems to breathe. Although it takes place over just three days, what's so fascinating is that so many lives, and many possibilities, are lived through it. Truly, it's a novel like its own multiverse. - San Francisco Chronicle From Helen Schulman, the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller This Beautiful Life, comes another gripping, potent, and blisteringly well-written story of family, dilemma, and consequence (Elizabeth Gilbert)-a mind-bending novel set in Silicon Valley that challenges our modern constructs of attachment and love, purpose and fate. What do you want to know? Amy Reed works part-time as a PR person for a tech start-up, run by her college roommate's nineteen-year-old son, in Palo Alto, California. Donny is a baby genius, a junior at Stanford in his spare time. His play for fortune is an algorithm that may allow people access to their multiverses -all the planes on which their alternative life choices can be played out simultaneously-to see how the decisions they've made have shaped their lives. Donny wants Amy to be his guinea pig. And even as she questions Donny's theories and motives, Amy finds herself unable to resist the lure of the road(s) not taken. Who would she be if she had made different choices, loved different people? Where would she be now? Amy's husband, Dan-an unemployed, perhaps unemployable, print journalist-accepts a dare of his own, accompanying a seductive, award-winning photographer named Maryam on a trip to Fukushima, the Japanese city devastated by tsunami and meltdown. Collaborating with Maryam, Dan feels a renewed sense of excitement and possibility he hasn't felt with his wife in a long time. But when crisis hits at home, the extent of Dan's betrayal is exposed and, as Amy contemplates alternative lives, the couple must confront whether the distances between them in the here and now are irreconcilable. Taking place over three non-consecutive but vitally important days for Amy, Dan, and their three sons, Come with Me is searing, entertaining, and unexpected-a dark comedy that is ultimately both a deeply romantic love story and a vivid tapestry of modern life.
Louise Harrington's ten-year marriage ended for reasons she has yet to fathom even four years later. At thirty-eight she is as confused about the men in her life as she was at seventeen. So, when the double of her high-school sweetheart appears in her life, she can't tell if she's gone mad, if it's a joke or a miracle. When her best friend Missy gets involved (it has taken Louise years to forgive her for stealing him in the first place) history begins to repeat itself...