The hypothetical girl

by Cohen, Elizabeth,

Format: Print Book ©2012.
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Summary
An aspiring actress meets an Icelandic Yak farmer on a matchmaking Web site. An online forum for cancer support turns into a love triangle. 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. 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.
Contents
Animal dancing
Death by free verse
People who live far, far away
Life underground
The opposite of love
Boat man
Love, really
The hardness test
Limerence
The man who made whirligigs
Heart food
Dog people
Love quiz
The hypothetical girl
Stupid humans.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "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. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Online dating -- Fiction.
Dating (Social customs) -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher New York :Other Press,©2012.
Language English
Description 237 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781590515822 (trade paperback)
159051582X (trade paperback)
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