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The future for curious people
Sherl, Gregory, author.
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, [2014]
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322 pages ; 21 cm
The Future for Curious People follows Evelyn and Godfrey's soon-to-be-entwined lives, set in motion by the fabulist premise of a world with envisionists like Dr. Chin. As the characters struggle with their pasts and possible futures, they wrestle with sorrow, love, death, and fate--Publisher's website.
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"Comic and Exuberant . . . A fine and tender tale for anyone who has tried to let go of the past and envision the future while falling in love." --Rhonda Riley, author of The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope

What if you could know your romantic future? What if an envisionist could enter the name of your prospective mate into a computer that would show you a film of your future life together?

In The Future for Curious People, a young librarian named Evelyn becomes obsessed with this new technology: she can't stop visiting Dr. Chin's office because she needs to know that she'll meet someone and be happy one day. Godfrey, another client, ends up at the envisionist's office only because his fiancée insisted they know their fate before taking the plunge. But when Godfrey meets Evelyn in the waiting room, true love may be right in front of them, but they are too preoccupied--and too burdened by their pasts--to recognize it.

This smart, fresh love story, with its quirky twists and turns, ponders life's big questions--about happiness, fate, and our very existence--as it follows Evelyn and Godfrey's quest for the elusive answers.

"A love story about love stories . . . The pages burst with laugh-out-loud scenes and crisply original set-ups. I loved it!" --Lydia Netzer, author of S hine Shine Shine

"Somewhere between Jorge Luis Borge's 'The Garden of Forking Paths' and The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind you will find Gregory Sherl's warm, intelligent debut novel." --Roxane Gay, author of An Untamed State

"Enormously appealing . . . Evelyn and Godfrey are two unforgettable characters you'll root for and remember long after you've read the last page of this wildly original, deeply moving novel." --Mindy Friddle, author of Secret Keepers

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Poet Sherl's fiction debut, this comic novel is an intriguing but sometimes frustrating look at the difficulties of finding a soulmate. In a slightly alternative contemporary Baltimore, a thriving industry exists for "envisionists," who administer drug cocktails to clients and clamp virtual reality helmets on their heads, thereby allowing them a glimpse of their possible futures. Godfrey Burkes proposes marriage to his domineering girlfriend, Madge, but she wants to see an envisionist before accepting. Meanwhile, Evelyn Shriner, who has a volunteer job recording classics for the blind at which she changes the books' endings to be more uplifting, is breaking up with her musician boyfriend, Adrian. After Godfrey and Evelyn meet cute in an envisionist's office, it becomes immediately clear to the reader, if not to them, that their future lies with each other. Readers may find themselves getting ahead of the characters too often. Sherl offers some beautiful moments, both in the visions and in exchanges between Godfrey and Evelyn. Unfortunately, the light-hearted tone of his writing tends to come across as more smug and self-impressed than comic. Agent: Nat Sobel, Sobel-Weber Associates. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.