Katie decided to take care of her need for sex in the same way she took care of paying her bills, finding cheap airfare, and buying her kids’ school uniforms—she went online.
"Skillful, sharp, witty and warm" –Publishers Weekly
In Molly Shapiro’s fun and sexy debut novel, four women try to sort through the wild and complicated world of text messaging, status updates, and other high-speed connections. Best friends and fellow midwesterners Katie, Annie, Maxine, and Claudia are no strangers to dealing with love and relationships, but with online dating and social networking now in the mix, they all have the feeling they’re not in Kansas anymore. Katie, a divorced mother of two, secretly seeks companionship through the Internet only to discover that the rules of the dating game have drastically changed. Annie, a high-powered East Coast transplant, longs for a baby, yet her online search for a sperm donor is not as easy—or anonymous—as she anticipates. Maxine, a successful artist with a seemingly perfect husband, turns to celebrity gossip sites to distract herself from her less-than-ideal marriage. And Claudia, tired of her husband’s obsession with Facebook, finds herself irresistibly drawn to a handsome co-worker. As these women navigate the new highs and lows of the digital age, they each find that their wrong turns lead surprisingly to the right click and, ultimately, the connection they were seeking.
I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, eating barbecue and Winstead’s burgers, hanging out on the Plaza and going to lots of Royals games. I earned my bachelor’s degree in semiotics from Brown University, where I also studied filmmaking, creative writing and pottery. I took a semester abroad in Rome, and loved it so much decided to return after graduation. Living in a fifth floor walk-up in the old Jewish ghetto, I spent my days teaching English to military men and my nights at a wine bar in Campo di Fiori. When I returned to the States I was hired by a New York City film production company to write screenplays, including a biopic of Bob Marley, which took me to Jamaica to interview Bob’s family and friends. Later I moved to San Francisco, where I learned the art of technical writing and the glories of the Bay Area. From 1994-1996, I attended Columbia University’s creative writing program and wrote my first book of short stories, Eternal City, winner of the Willa Cather Fiction Prize. After graduating from Columbia I moved to Seattle, where I fell in love with the great Northwest, participated in the Internet boom and became a mom. I moved back to Kansas City in 2003, where I live with my two children and go to far fewer Royals games.
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