Brian Donovan, a writer and comedian whose work has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR, and Chapelle's Show, has been on over 100 Internet dates in a genuine search for love and happiness.Oh, I thought there were pretty funny moments in this book....this book was meant to be funny, but for me it was a book of horror.I connect regularly with people over e-mail, texts, blogs and social media--and some of these friends are people I've never met "IRL" (in real life).It was with this backdrop that I conceived of my novel (Putnam, September 9), in which the two main characters view each other as friends even though, as fellow members of an anonymous Internet parenting forum, they've never met and don't know each other's real names.
Annie e-mails back, and an online flirtation ensues.
I'm intrigued by the increasing pervasiveness of the Internet in our relationships, and fascinated by the idea that some people find it easier to share secrets with people they know only through online usernames than with those they actually live with.
And I'm certainly not alone in finding cyberspace to be an interesting framework for fictional relationships.
(British) Annie posts a review online criticizing an album put out by her boyfriend Duncan's favorite singer/songwriter, (American) Tucker Crowe, who walked away from fame years earlier and has been a recluse ever since.
Annie's criticism of the album leads to the end of her relationship with Duncan, but it also leads to something else.