Goodbye for Now

Goodbye for Now

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In the spirit of ONE DAY, comes a fresh and warmhearted love story for the 21st century. Sometimes the end is just the beginning . . .
Sam Elling works for an internet dating company, but he still can't get a date. So he creates an algorithm that will match you with your soul mate. Sam meets the love of his life, a coworker named Meredith, but he also gets fired when the company starts losing all their customers to Mr. and Ms. Right.
When Meredith's grandmother, Livvie, dies suddenly, Sam uses his ample free time to create a computer program that will allow Meredith to have one last conversation with her grandmother. Mining from all her correspondence--email, Facebook, Skype, texts--Sam constructs a computer simulation of Livvie who can respond to email or video chat just as if she were still alive. It's not supernatural, it's computer science.
Meredith loves it, and the couple begins to wonder if this is something that could help more people through their grief. And thus, the company RePose is born. The business takes off, but for every person who just wants to say good-bye, there is someone who can't let go.
In the meantime, Sam and Meredith's affection for one another deepens into the kind of love that once tasted, you can't live without. But what if one of them suddenly had to? This entertaining novel, delivers a charming and bittersweet romance as well as a lump in the throat exploration of the nature of love, loss, and life (both real and computer simulated). Maybe nothing was meant to last forever, but then again, sometimes love takes on a life of its own.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 289 pages
  • 163 x 241 x 28mm | 549g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0385536186
  • 9780385536189
  • 2,822,713

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Praise for "Goodbye For Now"

"An ingenious emotional riptide of a story that leaves your heart drifting in the gulf between losing a loved one and actually letting them go."
--Jamie Ford, Author of "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
"Clever, funny, moving, intelligent, "Goodbye For Now" is about love and loss, real live emotions and human relationships in a cyber world taken to its extreme. Will Laurie Frankel's wonderful book capture your heart and imagination? Absolutely. You will laugh; you will cry. And you will probably start video chatting with your loved ones daily, just in case an inspired computer genius jumps on Frankel's idea."
--Garth Stein, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Art of Racing in the Rain"

""Goodbye For Now" is a fabulous, original read--very funny, yet so sad and thought-provoking too. I couldn't put it down."
--Liane Moriarty, bestselling author of "What Alice Forgot"
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About Laurie Frankel

LAURIE FRANKEL is the author of one previous novel, "The Atlas of Love." She lives in Seattle with her husband and young son.
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