Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic

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“Sympathy” is self-consciously clever, riddled with a network of allusions similar to that of Marisha Pessl’s “Special Topics in Calamity Physics” — also a story about a seemingly precocious girl with a missing father that could be mistaken for a particularly engaging young adult novel.
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One of Entertainment Weekly's "16 Debut Novels to Read in 2017"
One of the Observer's "New Faces of Fiction for 2017"
One of Elle UK’s “Six Top Debut Authors of 2017”​
One of i-D/Vice's "10 Brilliant Emerging Female Authors to Read in 2017"

An electrifying debut novel of obsessive love, family secrets, and the dangers of living our lives online

At twenty-three, Alice Hare leaves England for New York. She becomes fixated on Mizuko Himura, a Japanese writer living in New York, whose life story has strange parallels to her own and who she believes is her “Internet twin.” What seems to Mizuko like a chance encounter with Alice is anything but—after all, in the age of connectivity, nothing is coincidence. Their subsequent relationship is doomed from the outset, exposing a tangle of lies and sexual encounters as three families across the globe collide, and the most ancient of questions—where do we come from?—is answered just by searching online.   In its heady evocation of everything from Haruki Murakami to Patricia Highsmith to Edith Wharton, Sympathy is utterly original—a thrilling tale of obsession, doubling, blood ties, and our tormented efforts to connect in the digital age.
 

About Olivia Sudjic

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OLIVIA SUDJIC was born in London in 1988. She studied English Literature at Cambridge University where she was awarded the E.G. Harwood English Prize and made a Bateman Scholar. She lives in London and started writing her first novel, Sympathy, in 2014. Author Image 1
 
Published April 4, 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 416 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Star Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Malcolm Forbes on May 26 2017

“Sympathy” is fact-filled, but it is also packed with tension, pathos and vitality. Whether in New York or on detours to Texas and Tokyo, in conversation with Mizuko or alone with her curdling thoughts, Alice proves a captivating narrator...

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Kaitlin Phillips on Apr 13 2017

“Sympathy” is self-consciously clever, riddled with a network of allusions similar to that of Marisha Pessl’s “Special Topics in Calamity Physics” — also a story about a seemingly precocious girl with a missing father that could be mistaken for a particularly engaging young adult novel.

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Good
Reviewed by Hermione Eyre on May 26 2017

Rarely do novels so ostentatiously of the moment succeed so well at gesturing to the universal. This book is packed with the “now”: site-specific promenade theatre, grubby dating apps...

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