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The Future for Curious People by Gregory Sherl
  

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There is a technical/Heath Robinson helmet device which enables folk to see how their future may develop with a partner and then they can choose whether to take that path or not. They are operated by envisionists. One such, Dr Chin, has a queue where two young people, out to analyse their life with another, meet. One, Evelyn, is reviewing her boyfriend, the other, Godfrey, reviewing many past flings. They both review each other. This is a charming take on meeting Mr Right, on will-they-won’t-they. An imaginative and witty tale, highly recommended.

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The Future for Curious People by Gregory Sherl

If you could see your future with someone ...would you? Meet Evelyn and Godfrey. Evelyn is breaking up with her boyfriend, Adrian, as she's seen their dismal future together at Dr Chin's office: the life they may have when they are both many years older, singing 'Happy Birthday' to a chihuahua and arguing about cheese. She hopes for more. Meanwhile, Godfrey is proposing to his girlfriend, Madge - who's not quite willing to take that leap. She wants to see their future together first ...just to be sure they're meant for one another. Then, one day, Evelyn and Godfrey meet - and from that moment their lives become entwined. Sparkling, warm and witty, The Future for Curious People is a love story for anyone who's ever wondered if they're with The One, or The One Before Last. This novel combines the writing talents of twenty-seven-year-old newcomer Gregory Sherl, based on an original idea by award-winning author Julianna Baggott.

Reviews

A whip-smart novel about the obsession of love and the love of obsession -- Aaron Gwyn author of Wynne's War Somewhere between Jorge Luis Borges's The Garden of Forking Paths and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, you will find Gregory Sherl's warm, intelligent debut novel, written in collaboration with the eminently talented Julianna Baggott. In a world where people can consult with envisionists to see their romantic futures, Evelyn and Godfrey find themselves questioning their potential futures without realizing the bounty the present can hold. The Future for Curious People is as charming as it is wise, and Sherl's words will find their way into the hearts of many -- Roxane Gay author of An Untamed State I'm pretty sure reading The Future for Curious People by Gregory Sherl is making me a better person. Or at least believe in love. This wonderful book is a love story about love stories - the ones we make up for ourselves, the ones we tell about other people, and ultimately the ones we write down in novels. The pages burst with laugh-out-loud scenes and crisply original setups. The characters smart from social criticism that is very now. But under this casual cool, behind the snappy dialogue and hipster flair, this is a novel with one idea: True love is possible, and so is a true love story. I loved it! Can't wait to share it with everyone I know! -- Lydia Netzer author of Shine Shine Shine Comic and exuberant, The Future for Curious People is a fun romp through some pretty serious territory about love and the vagaries of the past and the future. With a robust sense of the absurd, Gregory Sherl brings us a touching story about one couple's journey through the impossible task of narrowing the future down to a certainty. A fine and tender tale for anyone who has tried to let go of the past and envision the future while falling in love. Some satisfyingly quirky minor characters, too -- Rhonda Riley author of The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope An enormously appealing novel that takes on the knotty questions of relationships, marriage, and fate, while never failing to entertain. Evelyn and Godfrey are two unforgettable characters you'll root for and remember long after you've read the last page of this wildly original, deeply moving novel -- Mindy Friddle author of Secret Keepers and The Garden Angel


About the Author

Gregory Sherl is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Monogamy Songs and The Oregon Trail is the Oregon Trail, which was shortlisted for the Believer Poetry Award. He is a Grisham fellow at the University of Mississippi.

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Book Info

Publication date

28th August 2014

Author

Gregory Sherl

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Publisher

Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
336 pages
Interest Age: From 18 years

Categories

Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Romance

ISBN

9781447254898

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