Woke Up Lonely
By Fiona Maazel
(Graywolf Press, Hardcover, 9781555976385, 325pp.)
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
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The dizzying new novel by Fiona Maazel, a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35"
* A "New York Times Book Review "Notable Book of the Year * A "New York Times Book Review "Editors' Choice * A "Kansas City Star, VICE, "and "Largehearted Boy "Best Book of the Year * One of "Book Riot"'s "Seven Funniest Novels of 2013" *
* One of the "Millions's" Most Anticipated Books of 2013 * An April IndieNext Pick*
Thurlow Dan is the founder of the Helix, a cult that promises to cure loneliness in the twenty-first century. With its communes and speed-dating, mixers and confession sessions, the Helix has become a national phenomenon--and attracted the attention of governments worldwide. But Thurlow, camped out in his Cincinnati headquarters, is lonely--for his ex-wife, Esme, and their daughter, whom he hasn't seen in ten years.
Esme, for her part, is a covert agent who has spent her life spying on Thurlow, mostly to protect him from the law. Now, with her superiors demanding results, she recruits four misfits to botch a reconnaissance mission in Cincinnati. But when Thurlow takes them hostage, he ignites a siege of the Helix House that will change all their lives forever.
With fiery, exuberant prose, Fiona Maazel takes us on a wild ride through North Korea's guarded interior and a city of vice beneath Cincinnati, a ride that twists and turns as it delves into an unsettled, off-kilter America. "Woke Up Lonely" is an original and deeply funny novel that explores our very human impulse to seek and repel intimacy with the people who matter to us most.