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Made for Love

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From one of our most exciting and provocative young writers, a poignant, riotously funny story of how far some will go for love—and how far some will go to escape it. 

Hazel has just moved into a trailer park of senior citizens, with her father and Diane—his extremely lifelike sex doll—as her roommates. Life with Hazel’s father is strained at best, but her only alternative seems even bleaker. She’s just run out on her marriage to Byron Gogol, CEO and founder of Gogol Industries, a monolithic corporation hell-bent on making its products and technologies indispensable in daily life. For over a decade, Hazel put up with being veritably quarantined by Byron in the family compound, her every movement and vital sign tracked. But when he demands to wirelessly connect the two of them via brain chips in a first-ever human “mind-meld,” Hazel decides what was once merely irritating has become unbearable. The world she escapes into is a far cry from the dry and clinical bubble she’s been living in, a world populated with a whole host of deviant oddballs.

 

As Hazel tries to carve out a new life for herself in this uncharted territory, Byron is using the most sophisticated tools at his disposal to find her and bring her home. His threats become more and more sinister, and Hazel is forced to take drastic measures in order to find a home of her own and free herself from Byron’s virtual clutches once and for all. Perceptive and compulsively readable, Made for Love is at once an absurd, raunchy comedy and a dazzling, profound meditation marriage, monogamy, and family.

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Critical Praise

“So blisteringly smart and feverishly inventive that it’s difficult to decide which element pins most precisely the absurdity of our present or the terror of our future. This is a novel as frightening as it is hilarious, melding pathos, comedy, and delight as only great satire can.” —Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

“Alissa Nutting’s Made for Love is bizarre and vivid and unexpected and wickedly funny. I promise you will enjoy the ride.” —Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins

“There is no one who negotiates the absurd as vigorously yet poignantly as Nutting. In her second novel…there are sex dolls and a senior citizen trailer park and brain chips and a con man who loves dolphins and still, the story makes sense like a motherfucker. Brilliant, dense, hilarious writing.” —Roxane Gay

“Oh god I just love every page. It’s fantastic.” —Lynda Barry, author of One! Hundred! Demons! and The Good Times Are Killing Me

“Alissa Nutting is one of the most daring writers in America. She has the courage and recklessness to look our crazy culture in the eye, laughing as the headlights bear down upon her. This book is hilarious, and deeply sad, and hilarious.” —Dan Chaon, author of Ill Will

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062280572
  • ISBN 10: 0062280570
  • Imprint: Ecco
  • On Sale: 07/04/2017
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price: 17.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Psychological
  • BISAC2: FICTION / Literary

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