Come with Me by Helen Schulman – publication date of November 27th, 2018 by Harper
From Helen Schulman, the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller This Beautiful Life, comes another “gripping, potent, and blisteringly well-written story of family, dilemma, and consequence” (Elizabeth Gilbert)—a mind-bending novel set in Silicon Valley that challenges our modern constructs of attachment and love, purpose and fate.
“What do you want to know?”
Amy Reed works part-time as a PR person for a tech start-up, run by her college roommate’s nineteen-year-old son, in Palo Alto, California. Donny is a baby genius, a junior at Stanford in his spare time. His play for fortune is an algorithm that may allow people access to their “multiverses”—all the planes on which their alternative life choices can be played out simultaneously—to see how the decisions they’ve made have shaped their lives.
Donny wants Amy to be his guinea pig. And even as she questions Donny’s theories and motives, Amy finds herself unable to resist the lure of the road(s) not taken. Who would she be if she had made different choices, loved different people? Where would she be now?
Amy’s husband, Dan—an unemployed, perhaps unemployable, print journalist—accepts a dare of his own, accompanying a seductive, award-winning photographer named Maryam on a trip to Fukushima, the Japanese city devastated by tsunami and meltdown. Collaborating with Maryam, Dan feels a renewed sense of excitement and possibility he hasn’t felt with his wife in a long time. But when crisis hits at home, the extent of Dan’s betrayal is exposed and, as Amy contemplates alternative lives, the couple must confront whether the distances between them in the here and now are irreconcilable.
Taking place over three non-consecutive but vitally important days for Amy, Dan, and their three sons, Come with Me is searing, entertaining, and unexpected—a dark comedy that is ultimately both a deeply romantic love story and a vivid tapestry of modern life.
About the author: Helen Schulman writes fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays. She is a professor of writing and fiction chair in the MFA program at The New School. She lives in New York City with her family.
My Review: Come with Me is a fast-paced science fiction novel that may not be for everyone. Schulman has created a world that is unlike any other. A world where nothing seems as it appears and family drama is unavoidable. The characters are well-developed and shine on their own with fascinating backstories that help to add intrigue to the storyline. An interesting story that is full of surprises and Schulman pulls it all together in an elegant ending that you will shock you! Come with Me is a novel that is sure to stay with you long after you read the last page. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.**