Who: A Novel of the Near Future

Who: A Novel of the Near Future

by Karen A. Wyle


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ISBN-13: 9780990564195
Publisher: Oblique Angles Press
Publication date: 12/07/2016
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Karen A. Wyle was born a Connecticut Yankee, but moved every few years throughout her childhood and adolescence. After college in California, law school in Massachusetts, and a mercifully short stint in a large San Francisco law firm, she moved to Los Angeles, where she met her now-husband, who hates L.A. They eventually settled in Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University. They have two wildly creative daughters, and a sweet but neurotic dog.

Wyle's voice is the product of almost five decades of reading both literary and genre fiction. It is no doubt also influenced, although she hopes not fatally tainted, by her years of law practice. Her personal history has led her to focus on often-intertwined themes of family, communication, unintended consequences, and the persistence of unfinished business.

Wyle is the author of six novels and one nonfiction book. The latter has the insanely ambitious goal of summarizing American law for the benefit of authors, law students, and anyone wishing to know more about the legal landscape they must inevitably navigate.

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Who: A Novel of the Near Future 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
What if you could keep your loved ones in your life forever? Would you be interested or unsure? Thea dies unexpectedly and now her husband is hoping to hear from her again. Will they be able to connect? Can things be changed? Time to find out. This is a concept we may soon be considering. It would be a wonderful way to keep family with you. Well written and characters well developed. I find this book exceptional in it's unique story. It will truly give you pause as you read. I did find an issues. There seem to be two stories in the beginning. It's a little confusing. I gave this one 4 cheers out of 5 because of the issue listed. ~Copy of book provided by author and I voluntarily reviewed it.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Author Karen Wyle has the knack of taking present-day technology to a not-so-farfetched future and asking those difficult questions that make it all real. In Who, she invites us into a world where selves can be digitally preserved after death. But will a digital nose still run when we cry? Do digital wrinkles increase or decrease with age? And will the digital self be true to the real? All of which leads to those central, most important questions, of life as well as fiction; how well do we truly know anyone—ourselves or anyone else? And what is self? Add politics, perfectly tuned to seem real without offending readers, whatever their persuasion; add art, with music, shape and form to enthrall and absorb; add two people who truly love each other, families who really can overcome disagreement, and a lawyer with vision and purpose; add “Digital Life Denies Life Eternal” messages on protesters’ banners; and add an enticing story that moves swiftly through art and science, religion and politics, relationships and law, love, loss and more—Who is smoothly written, hauntingly imagined, entertaining and thought-provoking, and a really great read. Disclosure: I was given a copy and I offer my honest review.