Woke up Lonely

Woke up Lonely

A Novel

Book - 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.

Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Graywolf Press, c2013
ISBN: 9781555976385
Branch Call Number: MAA
Characteristics: 325 p. ;,24 cm


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Aug 30, 2014

A freelance investigator for the FBI hooks up with her target, gets pregnant, and marries him. He is a cult leader who has become increasingly disillusioned as his followers increase and some become violent. She leaves him, taking their daughter, but continues her investigation, using a variety of disguises as a way to keep in contact. She covers his tracks, staving off arrests. In a desperate attempt to force her return, he creates a police standoff while she again attempts to save him.

May 20, 2013

Couldn't finish it.

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