Elizabeth Cohen’s writing has been called “frank, funny . . . courageous” (New York Times Book Review) with “language that’s light, beautiful, and razor-sharp” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). Now, in her provocative and whimsical new short story collection, The Hypothetical Girl ($14.95), she explores the world of online dating, with a menagerie of characters that are ordinary, dissatisfied, and desperate to find love. Under fictitious personas, they flirt and court, but in spite of dating’s technological advances, finding a suitable lover turns out to be just as confusing, embittering, and isolating as ever—and maybe even more so.
Alternating between quirky humor, painful awkwardness, and the outright painful, Elizabeth Cohen offers an insightful, heartrending, and comical look at love in the age of the internet. The Hypothetical Girl will resonate with any reader who has ever ventured into the dating world (digital or physical), or is at all curious about the intersection of love and technology today.
Elizabeth Cohen is an assistant professor of English at Plattsburgh State University. Her memoir, The Family on Beartown Road, was a New York Times Notable Book, and her articles, stories, and poetry have appeared in Newsweek, New York Times Magazine, Salon, Tablet, and the Yale Review.
Love meets technology with a dash of quirk in this collection of highly original short stories