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Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   13.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/04/2017


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Audio CD ISBN:9781681684796
Digital Download ISBN:9781681684802


An electrifying debut novel of obsessive love, family secrets, and the dangers of living our lives online.

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Product Description

At twenty-three, Alice Hare leaves England for New York. Blinded by the city lights, Alice becomes fixated on Mizuko Himura, a Japanese writer living in New York, whose life story has strange parallels to her own and whom she believes is her "internet twin." What seems to Mizuko like a chance encounter with Alice is anything but—after all, in the age of connectivity, nothing is coincidence. Their subsequent relationship is doomed from the outset, exposing a tangle of lies and sexual encounters as three families across the globe collide, and the most ancient of questions—where do we come from—is answered just by searching online.

In its heady evocation of everything from Haruki Murakami to Patricia Highsmith to Edith Wharton, Sympathy is utterly original—a thrilling tale of obsession, doubling, blood ties, and our tormented efforts to connect in the digital age.


"Olivia Sudjic’s smart debut novel, Sympathy, is an uncomfortably contemporary tale of unrequited love in the internet age." —New York Times

"The reason to read this novel, aside from the au courant topic, is the luscious, absorbing writing." —Library Journal

"Sympathy is a mind-bending novel that skillfully depicts the bizarre interplay of technology and intimacy with a story that is compassionate, funny, and incredibly alarming." —Claire-Louise Bennett, author of Pond

Author Bio

Olivia Sudjic was born in London in 1988. She studied English Literature at Cambridge University where she was awarded the E.G. Harwood English Prize and made a Bateman Scholar. She started writing her first novel, Sympathy, in 2014.