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The dizzying new novel by Fiona Maazel, a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35"

* One of the "Millions's" Most Anticipated Books of 2013 * An April IndieNext Pick*
Thurlow Dan is the founder of the Helix, a cult that promises to cure loneliness in the twenty-first century. With its communes and speed-dating, mixers and confession sessions, the Helix has become a national phenomenon--and attracted the attention of governments worldwide. But Thurlow, camped out in his Cincinnati headquarters, is lonely--for his ex-wife, Esme, and their daughter, whom he hasn't seen in ten years.

Esme, for her part, is a covert agent who has spent her life spying on Thurlow, mostly to protect him from the law. Now, with her superiors demanding results, she recruits four misfits to botch a reconnaissance mission in Cincinnati. But when Thurlow takes them hostage, he ignites a siege of the Helix House that will change all their lives forever.

With fiery, exuberant prose, Fiona Maazel takes us on a wild ride through North Korea's guarded interior and a city of vice beneath Cincinnati, a ride that twists and turns as it delves into an unsettled, off-kilter America. "Woke Up Lonely" is an original and deeply funny novel that explores our very human impulse to seek and repel intimacy with the people who matter to us most.


""Woke Up Lonely" is the novel equivalent of a sonic boom--it builds, it explodes, it leaves your ears, mind, and soul ringing for days. Who else writes sentences like this, who else writes sound art prose that transports a heart-killing story of human frailty, susceptibility, loyalty, and isolation? No one."--Heidi Julavits, author of "The Vanishers"

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About the Author

Fiona Maazel is the author of Last Last Chance. 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.

Reviews

"[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 [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"" Praise for "Woke Up Lonely: """ "[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" Praise for "Woke Up Lonely: " "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""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" "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""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" Praise for "Woke Up Lonely" "Brilliantly imagine[d]." --"Vanity Fair""[A] fun farce." --"Cosmopolitan""It's as if a Paul Thomas Anderson movie ("The Master, There Will Be Blood") married a David Foster Wallace novel and had a baby. Which is to say, this story is weird, thrilling, and inimitable." --"Marie Claire""The talented Maazel has plenty of imagination." --"USA Today""[Maazel] has a real talent for taking these existential millstones of modern life--fear of death, failure, being alone, everything--and filtering them into morbidly funny, troublingly familiar forms. . . . "Woke Up Lonely" easily refutes the idea that the novel is a staid, obsolete form of writing. The stakes in Maazel's book are at least as real as any work of nonfiction, and it's a good deal more fun to read than any manifesto." --"The Daily Beast"""Woke Up Lonely" is another "wunderkammer," a deeply felt and wildly original novel that repays the attention it demands, and once read won't be soon forgotten." --Justin Taylor, "Bookforum""Fizzy and intoxicating." --"Kansas City Star"""Woke Up Lonely" is a vibrant, engaging, and endlessly inventive exploration of loneliness, and is easily one of the year's finest novels." --"Largehearted Boy""There's nothing better than a really good cult novel--especially a wonderfully written, brutally satiric one." --"Flavorwire," "10 New Must-Reads for April""Considering (among other things) solitude in the digital era, Maazel's rhythmic prose carries the twisty tale with confidence." --"Time Out New York""Sweeping, achingly honest . . . "Woke Up Lonely" is both a mirror and magic looking glass, reflecting who we are and who we have the potential to become." --"Los Angeles Review of Books""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 Magazine""At turns satiric and heartfelt, Maazel's novel brims with energy and l Praise for "Woke Up Lonely" "A great novel. Great, major, important--say it however you like. This is a book you need." --Darin Strauss, author of "Half a Life""I may have bruised my ribs from laughing. "Woke Up Lonely" is a funhouse hall of mirrors whose dark (and hilarious) distortions reveal some almost unbearable truths about what it means to be lonely in America today." --Karen Russell, author of "Swamplandia!""At turns satiric and heartfelt, Maazel's novel brims with energy and life." --Manuel Gonzales, "Publishers Weekly""[A] rollicking ride of a novel. . . . successful at every level." --"Kirkus Reviews"""Woke Up Lonely" is the novel equivalent of a sonic boom--it builds, it explodes, it leaves your ears, mind, and soul ringing for days." --Heidi Julavits, author of "The Vanishers" "No one does loneliness, self-abasement, and dread like Fiona Maazel. And maybe no one other than George Saunders illuminates with as much sadness and comic brio the grotesqueness of the extent to which we fall short of who we imagine ourselves to be." --Jim Shepard, author of "You Think That's Bad""Fiona Maazel's imagination is so wild . . . that you feel like you've woken up into one of those rare novels as real as life. Hooray for such a talent!" --Rivka Galchen, author of "Atmospheric Disturbances""Ignore Fiona Maazel at your peril. "Woke Up Lonely" is just as pithy, whimsical, and brilliant as her first novel, "Last Last Chance." She writes about loneliness in a way that makes you feel less lonely: a wild, hilarious ride that highlights Maazel's uncanny knack for avoiding the obvious." --Wesley Stace, author of "Charles Jessup, Considered as a Murderer"Praise for "Last, Last Chance" "Moving, buoyant, and utterly true. . . . Funny, lacerating prose. . . . Maazel is such a fine, precise writer, she can convince the reader of almost anything."--"The New York Times Book Review""Maazel writes with a kind of ecstatic swagger--freewheeling and cocksu "Fiona Maazel's imagination is so wild . . . that you feel like you've woken up into one of those rare novels as real as life. Hooray for such a talent!"--Rivka Galchen, author of "Atmospheric Disturbances""A great novel. Great, major, important--say it however you like. This is a book you need."--Darin Strauss, author of "Half a Life" ""Woke Up Lonely" is the novel equivalent of a sonic boom--it builds, it explodes, it leaves your ears, mind, and soul ringing for days."--Heidi Julavits, author of "The Vanishers""I may have bruised my ribs from laughing. "Woke Up Lonely" is a funhouse hall of mirrors whose dark (and hilarious) distortions reveal some almost unbearable truths about what it means to be lonely in America today."--Karen Russell, author of "Swamplandia!" "No one does loneliness, self-abasement, and dread like Fiona Maazel. And maybe no one other than George Saunders illuminates with as much sadness and comic brio the grotesqueness of the extent to which we fall short of who we imagine ourselves to be."--Jim Shepard, author of "You Think That's Bad"Praise for "Last, Last Chance" "Moving, buoyant, and utterly true. . . . Funny, lacerating prose. . . . Maazel is such a fine, precise writer, she can convince the reader of almost anything."--"The New York Times Book Review""Maazel writes with a kind of ecstatic swagger--freewheeling and cocksure, intelligent and loopy and funny as hell. . . . I relished every page."--"Slate""Crisp dialogue, brisk pacing, dark yet compassionate comedy. . . . A remarkable feat of the imagination."--"Newsday""Marvelous. . . . Incorrigibly, unnervingly, heartbreakingly funny. . . . [Maazel] has pulled off a remarkable feat of the imagination."--"The Chicago Tribune" "I may have bruised my ribs from laughing. "Woke Up Lonely" is a funhouse hall of mirrors whose dark (and hilarious) distortions reveal some almost unbearable truths about what it means to be lonely in America today."--Karen Russell, author of "Swamplandia!" "No one does loneliness, self-abasement, and dread like Fiona Maazel. And maybe no one other than George Saunders illuminates with as much sadness and comic brio the grotesqueness of the extent to which we fall short of who we imagine ourselves to be."--Jim Shepard, author of "You Think That's Bad""Fiona Maazel's imagination is so wild -- wild being an under-observed variety of honesty -- that you feel like you've woken up into one of those rare novels as real as life. Hooray for such a talent!" --Rivka Galchen, author of "Atmospheric Disturbances"

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