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The Hypothetical Girl: Stories
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Love meets technology with a dash of quirk in this collection of highly original short stories
 
An aspiring actress meets an Icelandic Yak farmer on a matchmaking Web site. An online forum for cancer support turns into a love triangle for an English professor, a Canadian fisherman, and an elementary school teacher living in Japan. A deer and a polar bear flirt via Skype. In The Hypothetical Girl a menagerie of characters graze and jockey, play and hook up in the online dating world with mixed and sometimes dark results. Flirting and communicating in chat rooms, through texts, e-mails, and IMs, they grope their way through a virtual maze of potential mates, falling in and out of what they think and hope may be true love.
 
With levity and high style, Cohen takes her readers into a world where screen and keyboard meet the heart, with consequences that range from wonderful to weird. The Hypothetical Girl captures all the mystery, misery, and magic of the eternal search for human connection.
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With levity and high style, Cohen takes her readers into a world where screen and keyboard meet the heart, with consequences that range from wonderful to weird. The Hypothetical Girl captures all the mystery, misery, and magic of the eternal search for human connection.
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      • source: Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
      • content: "[An] astonishingly inventive collection of stories...I don't think I've ever read anything more original..."
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      • source: Jill Eisenstadt, author of From Rockaway and Kiss Out
      • content: "Cohen has the eye of an anthropologist, the wit of a satirist, and the brevity of a poet."
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      • source: Wendy Lawless, author of Chanel Bonfire
      • content: "Elizabeth Cohen's stories, with their deep eternal truths, pop into the now with all the promise, hope and excitement of an IM from a secret love."
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      • source: David Kidd, Emmy nominated television writer, producer and screenwriter of Yours, Mine and Ours
      • content: "These stories kick some serious ass. If you're looking for love you'll find it right here!"
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      • source: Bill Roorbach, author of Life Among Giants
      • content: "I love these stories, each like a date with a great new match from Pretty Cool Fish, each with a man we want to trust but know we better not: Limericks, Harley rides, and, um, Shepherd's pie, also hikes in Senegal, not. Are you ready to take the Love Quiz? Because The Hypothetical Girl will read you like a book. Elizabeth Cohen is a wise and funny and very appealing writer, and her women are more than worth worrying ourselves sick over. Then again, do you remember your last great kiss? Because here it is."
      • premium: False
      • source: Gayle Brandeis, author of Delta Girls and My Life with the Lincolns
      • content: "These stories--full of surprise and humor and heart--will make you feel less alone. These stories (as the story "Limerence" suggests) may even help you survive. There is nothing hypothetical about this author's talent; Elizabeth Cohen is the real deal."
      • premium: False
      • source: Whitney Otto, New York Times bestselling author of How to Make an American Quilt
      • content: "The Hypothetical Girl is a collection of wonderfully written stories that are about the age old desires for love, for recognition, for happiness but told through the thoroughly contemporary world of online dating. These tales are illustrations of what happens when everyday technology and dreams collide. Potential lovers think about each other, invent and reinvent themselves, come clean, come together, and come apart, but always with a belief and unshakable faith that love is always worth it. In this way, The Hypothetical Girl (a title I happen to love) exposes the romantic gambler in all of us."
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      • source: Kirkus
      • content: "Cohen is talented enough, to imbue the best stories--"Dog People," "The Man Who Made Whirlygigs," "The Opposite of Love"--with a sharp, distinctive quality as they show people tentatively using new tools in the age-old search for connection."
      • premium: False
      • source: Shelf Awareness
      • content: "Cohen's accomplished and funny first collection of stories cuts to the heart of the often heartless and "unfriendly" give and take of the world of Internet dating."
      • premium: False
      • source: Bookslut
      • content: "[An] exceedingly creative debut...Each story captures ordinary life in such an amazing, deer-in-the-headlights sort of way. Cohen has a knack for seizing characters when they aren't expecting it, when they are vulnerable--when they are the perfect fodder for a good story. She takes ordinary and she makes it humorous, adventurous, and heartbreaking."
      • premium: False
      • source: The Masters Review
      • content: "Hypothetical Girl is a humorous, often sad and at times dark, exploration of the world of online dating. In each of Cohen's fifteen stories exists a truth about the human experience."
      • premium: False
      • source: At The Inkwell
      • content: "Cohen brilliantly weaves a collection of mistaken attraction, vanity at its worse, stalking, loneliness, and secret fetishes...Her writing will shock and surprise you with unpredictable endings. Very simple and very honest, The Hypothetical Girl is a quick read you won't want to put down."
      • premium: False
      • source: Fiction Writers Review
      • content: "Stories at once hilarious, heartfelt, and (quietly, subtly) disturbing...[Hypothetical Girl] makes for a breathless, exciting reading experience."
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      • source: Cleaver Magazine
      • content: "Cohen writes with panache about the very particular afflictions of the web that arise when the division between real and not real becomes so murky. The fifteen tales are humane, if dark. Cohen maintains an edgy humor while looking clear eyed at what often goes wrong when her characters take risks...Cohen's stories, written with sharp humor and intelligence, are attuned to both light and dark."
      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
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        May 6, 2013
        Through the “tangle of wires and laser signals” of the Internet, the characters in this first collection of stories from Cohen, author of the memoir The Family on Beartown Road, explore the frontiers of online romance, “where no human foot could tread.” In “Death by Free Verse,” Myra, a poet, engages in an e-mail flirtation written in limericks with a world-traveling man until she breaks form with a free verse love poem that is met with a mysterious silence. A wealthy 31-year-old Icelandic yak farmer and a 23-year-old model and aspiring poet meet on Catch.com, in “People Who Live Far, Far Away,” only to discover each has something to hide. And in the title story, a woman believes she is vanishing after a man online tells her she’s hypothetical. With desperation or ambivalence, obsession or just plain hope, Cohen’s characters navigate the mysterious etiquette of digital-age romance, often getting lost in the fever of a potential idyllic relationship that falters by the first date. Though many of these stories parallel each other and occasionally slip into bitter, cynical narratives, Cohen is at her best when she departs from conventional romantic comedy plots and explores what we think about when we anticipate love.

      • premium: True
      • source: Kirkus
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        June 15, 2013
        Cohen (The Family on Beartown Road, 2003) showcases love in the Internet Age. The 15 stories vary in tone and degree of realism, but all display faith in the "glowing and nuclear power in the word." It may impact the characters directly, as when discovery of the name for his condition finally cures the protagonist of "Limerence" of his obsessive brooding over a woman who stops answering his texts after four dates and two bouts of sex. Or the power may be manifested in the way characters use words to misrepresent themselves online; in "People Who Live Far, Far Away," the Icelandic yak farmer is actually a paralyzed vet in Duluth, the movie actress in fact cares full-time for her sister with Down syndrome. Or the author may just decide to flat-out dazzle you with words, as in the flashy opening of "Animal Dancing": "It was the time of year when the helicopter seeds twirled down on the sidewalks like girls showing off at a dance, when the bee balm bushes wore their best purple frocks and the whole world seemed...tricked out for love." Love may be fleeting, but a well-turned phrase is forever in Cohen's clever but occasionally shallow collection. It's not exactly news that people don't always look like the photos they post online ("Man on a Boat") or that it's a bad idea to drunkenly hook up with an ex-boyfriend who tells you he's doing drugs with a couple of other guys ("Love Quiz"), and the author is sometimes too eager to show off her technique. Nonetheless, the subject of looking for love online is still fresh enough, and Cohen is talented enough, to imbue the best stories--"Dog People," "The Man Who Made Whirlygigs," "The Opposite of Love"--with a sharp, distinctive quality as they show people tentatively using new tools in the age-old search for connection. Uneven but intriguing work from a writer who should resist her penchant for narrative game-playing.

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