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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.

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"[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"

Thurlow Dan is the founder of Helix, a prominent cult that promises a cure for loneliness. But Dan has a problem: he is lonely-for his covert CIA agent ex-wife, Esme, who has spent much of her life spying on Dan in an effort to shield him from the police. But when one of Esme's surveillance missions goes awry, Dan starts taking hostages. Maazel's novel is enhanced by narrator Bernadette Dunne's winning performance in this audio edition. With an older voice and slight rasp, Dunne offers up clear, clean narration. Equally important, her reading is well paced and demonstrates great timing. A Graywolf hardcover. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Late in the novel, a main character states, "I could not fathom where to go." This statement neatly describes a messy novel. It is not clear whether the author intended for this work to be a humorous approach to politics and self-awareness, a view of cult leadership and life, an approach to transmogrifying relationships, or a travelog on North Korea. The characters' backstories are numbingly long and overly detailed, the plot veers like a driverless car, and the overall effect is a hot mess. The excellent narration by Bernadette Dunne is wasted on this confused literary effort. Verdict Not recommended. ["Maazel's wildly imaginative style isn't for everyone, and her humor may be lost on many readers. But this ambitious, wide-ranging novel should appeal to those who enjoy complex, edgy, and ironic literary fiction," read the review of the Graywolf hc, LJ 5/1/13.-Ed.]-J. Sara Paulk, Wythe-Grayson Regional Lib., Independence, VA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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