Cult Classic (Hardback)Sloane Crosley (author)
Gloriously playful and inventive, Crosley's skewed romcom sees a hardened New Yorker fall prey to a bizarre cult determined to reorder her very perception of the world and the nature of love.
Lola - a die-hard New Yorker with the ex-boyfriends, late nights, cigarette-habit and sharp wit to prove it - is out to dinner with old colleagues in Chinatown; people she's grown apart from, but with whom she shares an unshakeable connection.
While reminiscing about the past, Lola runs into an ex-boyfriend. They get a late night drink and she returns home to her fiance, a man she knows should be the perfect choice. But is he? The next day, near the same place, Lola runs into another ex. And another. And another. Something strange is happening. Lola has become the experimental mark of a hipster cult, headed up by her enigmatic former boss and headquartered in an abandoned synagogue.
They are using their collective meditative energy (along with social media and the power of intention) to reorder her experience of the world - which just might be the push she needs to understand her past and get on with her future.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
'Like your favorite rom-com meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind . . . Crosley casts a spell with lightning wit, devilish dialogue, and walloping truths about how little reason there is to anything resembling love' - Booklist, starred review
'A sharp, deliciously weird skewering of the cult of modern romance and that hackneyed term 'closure'. Pre-order for your sun lounger' - Pandora Sykes, Twitter
'Gobbled! Loved! . . . The author is at her best and that is a treat for all readers!' - Sarah Jessica Parker, Twitter
'Crosley is nothing if not ambitious here, interrogating contemporary wellness culture and the very nature of love as [her narrator] confronts a gauntlet of ghosts from her romantic past . . . It's Crosley's analytical acumen and gift for the striking metaphor that really gives the book life. Thoughtfully and humanely acerbic' - Kirkus
'Cult Classic makes an uproarious time of romantic carnage. Crosley captures the brutal mirror of past love, the slow creep of ambivalence into dread, and the sense that a detour can easily become a life' - Raven Leilani, author of Luster
'Cult Classic is aimed with deadly accuracy at those unfortunate enough to have dated only during the twenty-first century. It's witty?of course, because Sloane Crosley wrote it?and razor sharp, and very clever, ditto, but it's more romantic and redemptive than one had any right to expect. It also contains one-liners destined to appear on T-shirts and coffee mugs. It's so good. I couldn't stop reading it' - Nick Hornby
'I love a secret society, and I love a wry narrator alive to the mysteries and absurdities of the world. Cult Classic has both, taking us on a journey that, even as it unspools into comic mayhem, only becomes more real. Here is a book that is unbelievably smart on modern love and startup mystics alike, and a Manhattan that feels accurate down to the molecule. Sloane Crosley can do it all' - Robin Sloan, author of Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
'The witty, improbably propulsive rom-com you didn't know you were waiting for - and just the sparkling, slightly sinister love letter to New York City that New York City deserves. An effervescent delight' - Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot
'Did the comic romantic thriller exist before Sloane Crosley, or has she invented it? Either way, Cult Classic is a classic. Funny, suspenseful, unputdownable, here is one of America's wittiest writers at her best. A pleasure on every page' - Andrew Sean Greer, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Less
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