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Goodbye for Now: A Novel (edition 2012)

by Laurie Frankel

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Title:Goodbye for Now: A Novel
Authors:Laurie Frankel
Info:Doubleday (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 304 pages
Collections:2012 Reading List
Rating:****1/2
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  eas | Jun 20, 2014 |
Sam was a computer engineer for an online dating site when he created a matchmaking algorithm so successful that he loses his job, since the online dating site requires monthly fees and instant succesful matches don't make the company money. So although Sam was abruptly terminated, he came away with his own perfect match, Merideth. Unfortunately, Meredith loses her beloved aunt Livvy, soon after they begin dating. In order to bring her some consolation, Sam develops an algorithm that combines all of Livvy's past online communication with Merideth to generate a computerized Livvy, able to communiate with Meredith in the present. Meredith is at first horrified, then skeptical, and then elated with computer-generated Livvy, who is so flawless that it is hard to believe she is dead. Which becomes part of the problem... or is it? Does this program postpone the natural grieving process or help the one left behind to deal with grief in a more compassionate way? Sam, Meredith and Meredith's cousin are so excited about the possibilities that they launch a new company to bring this connection to familes who have recently loss loved ones (who had adequate stores of online activity). The company is immediately successful, but as it takes off, unexpected social consequences emerge.

This novel is a brilliant, fun, and fascinating exploration into the possibilities for virtual relationships that transcend death. It also became increasingly sad as the book went on, so much so that I was surprised by my own feelings of grief and loss at the end. This would be a fascinating book club book to discuss the ethics of futuristic technologies, the consequences of which cannot always be predicted. While I loved this book, it was profoundly sad and may not be for everyone due to this aspect. ( )
  voracious | Jan 23, 2014 |
I'm not sure how to write a review for this without revealing the entire novel. I loved this book. It's funny and moving and poignant and almost lyrical. I read this having only read the blurb. I didn't read any reviews. I didn't try to find a summary of the novel. This, I think, made the book almost magical for me. The whole story was a surprise. ( )
  lesmel | Sep 29, 2013 |
This book is fabulous! The topic is dark, but the humour and amazingly original (original to me anyway) story made it enjoyable. Thought-provoking on issues of social media. Dialogue is funny and very smart. I tried not to finish too soon I enjoyed it so much. Love all the characters.
  deadgirl | Jul 5, 2013 |
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This book is both hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time. Frankel has a crisp writing style and wonderful sense of humor and irony. If it wasn't for the dark, dry humor this would be an awfully depressing book. It is pretty much all about death and grieving after all.

Goodbye For Now raises so many thought-provoking questions in today's social media age. Is chatting and emailing with a DLO (Departed Loved One) that much different from having purely electronic relationships with living people? Should RePose be used just for the short-term as a crutch in the grieving process? Or should it be used long-term as a means of honoring the DLO's memory? Is using it long-term just prolonging the denial stage of grief - perhaps forever?

I'm not sure of the answer to any of these questions but I do know that I enjoyed this book immensely. ( )
  mcelhra | Feb 25, 2013 |
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Sometimes the end is just the beginning . . .

Sam Elliot works for an internet dating company, but he still can't get a date. So he creates an algorithm that will match you with your soul mate. Sam meets the love of his life, a coworker named Meredith, but he also gets fired when the company starts losing all their customers to Mr. and Ms. Right.

When Meredith's grandmother, Livvie, dies suddenly, Sam uses his ample free time to create a computer program that will allow Meredith to have one last conversation with her grandmother. Mining from all her correspondence—email, Facebook, Skype, texts—Sam constructs a computer simulation of Livvie who can respond to email or video chat just as if she were still alive. It's not supernatural, it's computer science.

Meredith loves it, and the couple begins to wonder if this is something that could help more people through their grief. And thus, the company RePose is born. The business takes off, but for every person who just wants to say good-bye, there is someone who can't let go.

In the meantime, Sam and Meredith's affection for one another deepens into the kind of love that once tasted, you can't live without. But what if one of them suddenly had to? This entertaining novel, delivers a charming and bittersweet romance as well as a lump in the throat exploration of the nature of love, loss, and life (both real and computer simulated). Maybe nothing was meant to last forever, but then again, sometimes love takes on a life of its own.
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In the spirit of ONE DAY, comes a fresh and warmhearted love story for the 21st century. Sometimes the end is just the beginning . . .

Sam Elling works for an internet dating company, but he still can't get a date. So he creates an algorithm that will match you with your soul mate. Sam meets the love of his life, a coworker named Meredith, but he also gets fired when the company starts losing all their customers to Mr. and Ms. Right.

When Meredith's grandmother, Livvie, dies suddenly, Sam uses his ample free time to create a computer program that will allow Meredith to have one last conversation with her grandmother. Mining from all her correspondence—email, Facebook, Skype, texts—Sam constructs a computer simulation of Livvie who can respond to email or video chat just as if she were still alive. It's not supernatural, it's computer science.

Meredith loves it, and the couple begins to wonder if this is something that could help more people through their grief. And thus, the company RePose is born. The business takes off, but for every person who just wants to say good-bye, there is someone who can't let go.

In the meantime, Sam and Meredith's affection for one another deepens into the kind of love that once tasted, you can't live without. But what if one of them suddenly had to? This entertaining novel, delivers a charming and bittersweet romance as well as a lump in the throat exploration of the nature of love, loss, and life (both real and computer simulated). Maybe nothing was meant to last forever, but then again, sometimes love takes on a life of its own.

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Creating an algorithm to improve his internet dating employer's match success rate only to be fired for being too effective, Sam Elliot develops a computer program that creates compelling human simulations that allow people to say final goodbyes to lost loved ones.… (more)

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