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Made for Love: A Novel by Alissa Nutting

Made for Love: A Novel

by Alissa Nutting

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Delightful! ( )
  joanalau | Sep 12, 2017 |
If you can, try to attend a book reading to hear author Alissa Nutting read from this funny, sharp novel. She provides a perfect voice in your head for this story. This book is a high-wire act set in the near future - it is hilarious and completely unique and raunchy and kind of terrifying. At the beginning, we find out that main character Hazel has bolted from her insanely rich tech-mogul husband. She shows up at her father's house and discovers him in blissful lust with Diane, a perky sex doll who has just made his life worth living.
Oh, it gets better - there might be a chip in someone's head, there is a con man who turns to dolphins for love, and there are also some true-life descriptions of how it feels to be alone in a 'wtf have I done with my life' kind of way. I really appreciate how much attention and life that Nutting gives to every character in her story - you will not forget Hazel and Byron and Fiffany and Liver and Diane and Jasper and Ms. Cheese. This is a very different book than Nutting's novel, Tampa. She is a brave and brilliant writer and this book... wow. Best book about love that I've read in awhile. ( )
  KatyBee | Aug 9, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062280554, Hardcover)

From one of our most exciting and provocative young writers, a poignant, riotously funny story of how far some will go for love—and how far some will go to escape it. 

Hazel has just moved into a trailer park of senior citizens, with her father and Diane—his extremely lifelike sex doll—as her roommates. Life with Hazel’s father is strained at best, but her only alternative seems even bleaker. She’s just run out on her marriage to Byron Gogol, CEO and founder of Gogol Industries, a monolithic corporation hell-bent on making its products and technologies indispensable in daily life. For over a decade, Hazel put up with being veritably quarantined by Byron in the family compound, her every movement and vital sign tracked. But when he demands to wirelessly connect the two of them via brain chips in a first-ever human “mind-meld,” Hazel decides what was once merely irritating has become unbearable. The world she escapes into is a far cry from the dry and clinical bubble she’s been living in, a world populated with a whole host of deviant oddballs.


As Hazel tries to carve out a new life for herself in this uncharted territory, Byron is using the most sophisticated tools at his disposal to find her and bring her home. His threats become more and more sinister, and Hazel is forced to take drastic measures in order to find a home of her own and free herself from Byron’s virtual clutches once and for all. Perceptive and compulsively readable, Made for Love is at once an absurd, raunchy comedy and a dazzling, profound meditation marriage, monogamy, and family.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:09:00 -0500)

Moving to a senior citizen trailer park with her father, Hazel, the estranged wife of a corporate CEO who demanded she install a brain chip so that they could be constantly connected, tries to carve out a new life while her ex uses sophisticated technology to stalk her.… (more)

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