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Science fiction icon Connie Willis brilliantly mixes a speculative plot, the wit of Nora Ephron, and the comedic flair of P. G. Wodehouse in Crosstalk--a genre-bending novel that pushes social media, Smartphone technology, and twenty-four-hour availability to hilarious and chilling extremes as one young woman abruptly finds herself with way more connectivity than she ever desired. In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal--to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don't quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely--in a way far beyond what she signed up for. It is almost more than she can handle--especially when the stress of managing her all-too-eager-to-communicate-at-all-times family is already burdening her brain. But that's only the beginning. As things go from bad to worse, she begins to see the dark side of too much information, and to realize love--and communication--are far more complicated than she ever imagined.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2016]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780345540676
Branch Call Number: SF/Fantasy Wil
Characteristics: 498 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Cross talk


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Aug 21, 2017

This is Pick Up Artist, White Knight, terrible drivel.

May 16, 2017

Silly....verging on ridiculous. I can't believe this is the same author who wrote "Doomsday Book". Very disappointing.

Cynthia_N Apr 19, 2017

Such a fun read! This is the first book by Willis that I have read and I must say I will be reading more. I was so into the story that I was getting stressed out for the main character!

Apr 04, 2017

Not Connie's best work. But still well worth reading. I felt like maybe there were some important plot holes - but I think i would have to re-read it to put my finger on them.
Seems like Connie's books are all dark and gloomy or bright and funny. This was one of the bright and funny ones.

Feb 12, 2017

This was a fun read but I don't think it's the next sci-fi classic. In what I assume is an attempt to reach a broader audience she litters the first chapter or two with pop culture references that are distracting and unnecessary. Also, the protagonist was a bit annoying. She's your textbook damsel in distress who is directed by the story instead of directing it herself.

Chapel_Hill_AmandaG Jan 23, 2017

Though this wasn’t my favorite Connie Willis book (that honor belongs to ‘To Say Nothing of the Dog’), it was still fun and quirky. This book was all about communication which I considered a great choice considering the world we live in. At times I felt exhausted by the barrage of texts, calls, emails, and social media posts our poor heroine was constantly receiving. I’m now extra aware of how often I’m looking at my phone! Also, if you’re Irish, you might get an extra special kick out of this book.

Jan 17, 2017

The ending wrapped up too quickly and neatly for me. Key supporting characters needed to be introduced more strongly into the story earlier on for that ending to be believable, and even then, there are limits to precociousness. It's a page turner, though, with plenty of food for thought on modern attitudes toward communication, psychic claims and mental health.

ChristchurchLib Jan 08, 2017

When her boyfriend Trent asks her to get an EED ("even better than getting engaged," gushes a coworker), telecommunications executive Briddey Flannigan undergoes the "minor procedure," hoping that neurological enhancement will strengthen their relationship. Instead, she ends up telepathically linked to a coworker, her company's (sub-)basement-dwelling misanthrope C.B. Schwartz. Madcap romantic comedy combined with a satirical look at modern technology makes this latest offering from multi-award-winning author Connie Willis a must-read.

AL_LESLEY Dec 08, 2016

Connie Willis , no matter what I've read of hers, is consistently fresh and unique, full of feeling and often times darn fun. This is one of the fun ones. This is a quirky and kooky romantic comedy with Willis' splash of scifi and social commentary... but pay attention, it's a whirlwind.

multcolib_susannel Nov 21, 2016

Sometimes not even brain surgery can help a relationship...

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