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

At twenty-three, Alice Hare leaves England for New York. She 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.

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:416 pages
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    Sympathy Reviews

  • Blair
    Apr 08, 2017

    A quarter of the way into this 400-page debut, we know that our narrator is an eccentric philosophy graduate named Alice Hare. We know that she was adopted; that her birth mother died when she was a b...

  • Chloe Caldwell
    Jan 10, 2017

    I was asked to blurb this book but used the word 'mindfuck' in my blurb which apparently isn't kosher so I'll say it here. A COMPLETE MINDFUCK. Sort of suffocating. Thorough. Dark. As SNP says, "not f...

  • Jessica Jernigan
    Jan 03, 2017

    I had to stop reading after this line: “It was the kind of nervous excitement that can sometimes cause me to pass wind, so I tightened everything and smiled at her.” I mean, I wasn’t really enjo...

  • Shawn Mooney
    May 21, 2017

    I am always trying new stuff and often bailing. I second-guess myself: should I just stick to writers I like, writers closer to my own age? No way. This debut by Sudjic, 29, is one of the most excitin...

  • Sara
    Jun 04, 2017

    As an experiment, I'm going to share my thoughts on this book (as of page 80 in my reading progress) in lieu of a formal review:So far in this book, I’m not sure what’s happening when. I’m about...

  • Moray Teale
    Apr 27, 2017

    Sympathy is virtually impossible to describe, I'm struggling to do so even to myself and it was a struggle I grappled with all the way through. In the end Sudjic's own narrator says it best when she c...

  • Jessica Weil
    May 30, 2017

    3.5 Stars.This debut novel makes me really excited for what Sudjic will write next. There were parts of it that didn't work for me, but others that deeply resonated.Twenty-three year old Alice Hare mo...

  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Jun 04, 2017

    I may be Gen X but I loved this millennial novel about ennui, obsession and connection. Sudjic does not reveal her secrets easily and I enjoyed the effort of deciphering a delightfully unreliable narr...

  • Samantha
    Apr 09, 2017

    Sympathy is the captivating debut novel by Olivia Sudjic. It's one of my favorite novels of 2017. It's funny and unsettling at the same time. Sudjic has crafted a very disturbed character in Alice, bu...

  • Lorri Steinbacher
    Apr 17, 2017

    Interesting complex book about obsession. Interesting points to consider: * How obsessive cyber-stalking at some level has taken on a normative cast, Alice takes it a step further than we might do in ...