Kismet (Hardcover)

A Novel

By Luke Tredget

Little, Brown and Company, 9780316418294, 400pp.

Publication Date: August 7, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (8/6/2018)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (9/7/2018)

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Description

Black Mirror meets Bridget Jones in this whip-smart debut set in a world where the ultimate matchmaking app has redefined romance.

Twenty-nine-year-old Anna is smart, vivacious, and in the midst of a complete existential meltdown. Sure, from the outside everything in her life seems to be going just fine: She has a decent job, a devoted BFF, and a lovely boyfriend named Pete with whom she is exactly 70% compatible, according to Kismet, the matchmaking app that everyone in Anna's world uses to find love. Still...isn't there supposed to be more to life than this? Should she settle for a secure and predictable existence with Pete, or risk everything for a life of passion and adventure?

With true adulthood (the dreaded thirty) just weeks away, Anna secretly re-joins Kismet, and soon encounters Geoff, a dashing, forty-something journalist with whom she has a shockingly high compatibility score of 81. How can she not at least see where this goes...?

A funny and propulsive love story for our over-networked age, KISMET challenges us to take stock of how technology shapes our desires and what it means to "settle."


About the Author

Luke Tredget works in international development, primarily for the Red Cross. His journalism has been published in The Guardian, and he completed the Birkbeck Creative Writing MA in 2015. He lives in London.


Praise For Kismet: A Novel

"The
ennui of the modern-day privileged class has rarely been captured as poignantly
as in Luke Tredget's Kismet, a deeply
felt reflection of the ways in which technology that was supposed to bring
people closer together often only serves to isolate them (and occasionally
drive them mad). And as Tredget's complicated, often frustrating, but eminently
relatable protagonist shows, the truest human connection occurs when we put our
phones away."—Doree Shafrir, author of Startup

"Tredget
writes a funny, timely story, with flawed and relatable characters, about how
technology affects our desires and what it means to 'settle.' Though he
satirizes modern dating and the idea of perfection in a relationship, he writes
with an engaging warmth and lightness. Readers will surely enjoy this witty
modern love story."—Booklist

"A
sharply written and heartfelt story about the connections between us,
technological or otherwise. Luke Tredget has created a protagonist so lovable
that you won't be able to stop reading until you know her fate."—Leslie Cohen, author of This Love Story Will Self-Destruct

"Sharp,
witty and full of tension...an intelligent and highly readable novel."—Irish Times

"Tredget's
trenchant, entertaining debut traces how big data and social media have become
an obstacle for healthy relationships...An
incisive view of the uncertainties of contemporary adulthood."—Publishers Weekly

"Kismet is compelling for more than
its unflinching study of the infiltration of romance by technology and
algorithms. At its heart this novel is about what endures in spite of all that;
a modern love story of exceptional warmth, intelligence and humanity."—Luke Kennard, author of The Transition

it "[a] perceptive debut novel...[a] fast-moving and witty love story for
the digital age."—Shelf-Awareness