Woke Up Lonely: A Novel (Paperback)

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Fiona Maazel writes like an angel—and prods and stabs like a devil. Woke Up Lonely is a torrent of narrative energy, rich with observation and incident, all of it shot through with a sad, savage humor that had me laughing and wincing at the same time. Maazel brilliantly taps into the sinking feeling that, even in wired and socially networked America, we're all in this together, alone

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"Intricately imagined and timely . . . Maazel is an entertaining writer with a dry, droll sense of humor." —The New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice

* Shortlisted for the Believer Book Award *
Fiona Maazel's Woke Up Lonely follows a cult leader, his ex-wife, and the four people he takes hostage. It's about loneliness in America, North Korea, espionage, a city underneath Cincinnati, cloud seeding, and eavesdropping. It's also a big, sweeping love story.

About the Author

Fiona Maazel is the author of Last Last Chance and Woke Up Lonely. She is a winner of the Bard Prize for Fiction and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She teaches at Brooklyn College, Columbia, New York University, and Princeton. She lives in Brooklyn.

Praise For…

“[A] sprawling, intimate novel, which is a perfectly poised screen-capture of hyper-modernity.” —The Believer Book Award, Editors' Shortlist

“Hilarious and heartbreaking.” —NPR

“Brilliantly imagined.” —Vanity Fair

“Maazel's insights are as sound as her imagination is wild.” —Oprah.com, Book of the Week

“The talented Maazel has plenty of imagination.” —USA Today

“[A] whip-smart comic novel.” —Reader's Digest

“Uniformly entertaining . . . It's thrilling to imagine what Fiona Maazel might do next.” —The Boston Globe

“Maazel possesses a formidable imagination and considerable linguistic virtuosity.” —The Chicago Tribune

“[A] fun farce.” —Cosmopolitan

Woke Up Lonely is another wunderkammer, a deeply felt and wildly original novel that repays the attention it demands, and once read won't soon be forgotten.” —Bookforum

“One of the best pieces of fiction and social satire of the year.” —The Millions

“Maazel takes a cue from Kurt Vonnegut by creating a novel that blends the plot of a dramatic thriller with wacky humor and bits of science fiction.” —BUST

Product Details
ISBN: 9781555976729
ISBN-10: 1555976727
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication Date: April 1st, 2014
Pages: 352
Language: English