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@expectations is a fabulous work of women's fiction by a writer who has made a career of delving deep into women's hearts and finding the truth of their feelings and their lives. Reed's fiction has always examined the female and familial conditions with a sharp eye, a truthful insight, and a unique style that leaves her readers breathless and wanting more.
Jenny is living a typical suburban life, one she's no longer sure she really wants and doesn't know how to change. When she stumbles upon an online community where people create their own lives through words, she dives in headfirst, eager for something new.
But soon Jenny becomes so far removed from her life that she can no longer even see the line between reality and fantasy; she's even got an online lover who insists that he will leave his own family, take her away from it all, and make their virtual life a reality. Eventually Jenny will have to make a choice: return to her husband, her children, her home, her "real life"--or escape into the arms of a fantasy world that may never become truly real.
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Kit Reed has been the recipient of two Guggenheim fellowships and an Aspen Institute Rockefeller Fellowship. Her novel, Little Sisters of the Apocalypse, and a short story collection, Weird Women, Wired Women, were finalists for the James W. Tiptree Award. She has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award for short fiction. A novel, The Ballad of T. Rantula, was named to the American Library Association list of Best Books for Young Adults.
Short fiction comprises the majority of her work. Most of her stories are science fiction and fantasy, where Reed is generally considered one of the best feminist sf writers, often writing about women's issues and body image through a science fictional filter.
The always original Reed (Seven for the Apocalypse, 1999, etc.) perceptively probes that point where reality and the virtual converge as a young married professional woman finds herself more alive and in love when she meets her anonymous lover online each night.Psychologist Jennie Wilder is newly married to Marine colonel Charlie, a widower with two children. Life in the southern town near his base is boring to a New Yorker like Jennie, who's also having problems with the kids. To pass the hours of Charlie's frequent absences, she surfs the Web, where one night she discovers the fantasy Island of StElene. Entranced with the clever talk about politics, sex, and anything else that engages the anonymous guests, Jenny is soon hooked, and becomes an authorized guest herself under the name Zan. As an only child, Jenny escaped reality by reading; now she finds visiting StElene like going to live in a richly imagined book. StElene's, she realizes, is a place where "you are what you type," and people assume identities that hide the realities of their often pathetic lives. Lark, a troubled teenage loner whose real name is Hubert, is eloquent and gregarious; dowdy Florence becomes sexy warrior woman Mireya; and her online lover is gorgeous hunk Azeath, not Vinnie, a convicted murderer. Jenny soon falls in love with sympathetic Reverdy, the godlike creator of new scenarios and effects. As time passes, she begins to live for her nights online, and soon realizes she is as much in love with her virtual prince as with her real husband. When reality, drab and problematic, threatens her e-idyll, Jenny, with Lark in tow, sets off to find the real but elusive Reverdy, with regrettably predictable results. A generally engaging tale that demonstrates-without preaching-the pitfalls of virtual romance in a place where no one can hurt you and everybody turns out to be somebody. -- Copyright © 2000 Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Forge Books, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0312874863
Book Description Forge Books, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0312874863