Sympathy

By Olivia Sudjic,

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THE DEBUT OF 2017THAT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT FROM ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING YOUNG BRITISH NOVELISTS

'A gripping odyssey into one woman's online-addled inner life' -- Independent

'Reads likeThe Talented Mr Ripley for the 21st century' --Vice UK

At twenty-three, AliceHare arrives in New York looking for a place…

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Writing about the internet is notoriously difficult but Sudjic swings it, sublimely. Although ostensibly set between London and New York, Sympathy almost transcends setting with its focus on millennial Alice Hare’s online haunting of writer Mizuku Himura. After becoming infatuated with Mizuku over Instagram, Alice maneuvers an IRL friendship, which spirals into sexual obsession and possessiveness. It’s a brilliant character study and meditation on alienation, online personas, and the algorithmization of attraction. 

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