CrossTalk (Hardcover)

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Connie Willis is one of the few who has ever managed genuine humor in science fiction. But she can also turn on a dime and rivet the reader in place with pulse-pounding intensity. She is altogether accomplished storyteller and fine stylist. After the knuckle-whitening tension of her last novel, the two-volume epic of time travel and the London Blitz, she returns now with something completely different---a romantic comedy. Or is it? Willis never plays with just one level. Her work is permeated by resonances top to bottom. Here she mixes social media, matchmaking, and telepathy to tell us something about our expectations in a digitized, slotted, hyper-expectant, glossy age of breathless need to make every moment Matter. Willis is prepared to open the world to our expectation and show us the unexpected consequences of our trajectories. -Mark's Holiday Staff Pick, 2016

— From Mark

Description


Science fiction icon Connie Willis brilliantly mixes a speculative plot, the wit of Nora Ephron, and the comedic flair of P. G. Wodehouse in Crosstalk--a genre-bending novel that pushes social media, smartphone technology, and twenty-four-hour availability to hilarious and chilling extremes as one young woman abruptly finds herself with way more connectivity than she ever desired.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR
In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal--to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don't quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely--in a way far beyond what she signed up for.
It is almost more than she can handle--especially when the stress of managing her all-too-eager-to-communicate-at-all-times family is already burdening her brain. But that's only the beginning. As things go from bad to worse, she begins to see the dark side of too much information, and to realize that love--and communication--are far more complicated than she ever imagined.
Praise for Crosstalk
-A rollicking send-up of obsessive cell phone usage in too-near-future America . . . Connie] Willis's canny incorporation of scientific lore, and a riotous cast . . . make for an engaging girl-finally-finds-right-boy story that's unveiled with tact and humor. Willis juxtaposes glimpses of claimed historical telepaths with important reflections about the ubiquity of cell phones and the menace that unscrupulous developers of technology pose to privacy, morality, and emotional stability.---Publishers Weekly
-An exhilarating and laugh-inducing read . . . one of those rare books that will keep you up all night long because you can't bear to put it down.---Portland Book Review
-A fun technological fairy tale.---BookPage
-One of the funniest SF novels in years.---Locus

Praise for Connie Willis

-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
-The Best of Connie Willis? Isn't that like sorting through diamonds?---Lytherus

About the Author


Connie Willis is a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and a Grand Master of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She has received seven Nebula awards and eleven Hugo awards for her fiction; Blackout and All Clear--a novel in two parts--and Doomsday Book won both. Her other works include Passage, Lincoln's Dreams, Bellwether, Impossible Things, Remake, Uncharted Territory, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Fire Watch, and Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. Connie Willis lives with her family in Colorado, where she deals on a daily basis with the delights (and the more maddening aspects) of our modern oh-so-connected world.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780345540676
ISBN-10: 0345540670
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Pages: 512
Language: English