Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Hypothetical Girl-Elizabeth Cohen

The Hypothetical Girl

Elizabeth Cohen

Other Press, Aug 6 2013, $14.95

ISBN: 9781590515822

This entertaining collection consists of fifteen fascinating tales that focus on love in the technology age. Chloe searched for love on line while also watching “Animal Dancing” unaware the animals wonder why the humans dance around relationships when a straight line is obvious. Myra the poet and Louis the professor exchange emails filled with flirtatious limericks until she sends a love poem that ends their connection in “Death by Free Verse.” The Icelandic yak farmer and the model meet on but each conceals a truth from their perfect match in “People Who Live Far, Far Away.” “Life Underground” could be boring but Alana found her happy ever after in Max whom she met on the computer and that is where he will always stay in her heart. The professor, the fisherman, and the teacher form a triangle after meeting on an online cancer forum in "The Opposite of Love.” Emily knew she was fading away into invisibility but cannot stop the visible girl she once was from disappearing after an online male insists she is just “The Hypothetical Girl.” Finally the deer and the polar bear use Skype to discuss “Stupid Humans.” This is a strong anthology that looks deeply at how to connect or not in a digital world.

Harriet Klausner

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