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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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Becky
    Mar 29, 2017

    Meh. A rambling read that jumps back and forth through time as the main character outlines her obsession with an author in New York City.I should add, my rating here is mostly because it wasn't a good...

  • Christopher Shawn
    Feb 01, 2017

    A lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing.I'm sure this is destined to top all the indie fiction lists this spring, and the publisher is selling this as a psychological thriller for fans of Murakami...

  • Anne Foster
    Apr 11, 2017

    What an utterly original debut novel! So current in this digital age, the book follows 23-year-old Alice Hare as she attempts to discover her lineage and, more importantly, how it shapes her destiny. ...

  • 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...