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NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY
GQ • PopSugar • NPR • Huffington Post • Electric Literature • The New Yorker
CHOSEN AS A 2017 BEST SUMMER READ PICK BY
Publishers Weekly • New York Magazine • Buzzfeed • Refinery29 • Vulture • Nylon
From the exciting and provocative writer of Tampa, a poignant, riotously funny story of how far some will go for love—and how far some will go to escape it.
Hazel has just moved into a trailer park of senior citizens, with her father and Diane—his extremely lifelike sex doll—as her roommates. Life with Hazel’s father is strained at best, but her only alternative seems even bleaker. She’s just run out on her marriage to Byron Gogol, CEO and founder of Gogol Industries, a monolithic corporation hell-bent on making its products and technologies indispensable in daily life. For over a decade, Hazel put up with being veritably quarantined by Byron in the family compound, her every movement and vital sign tracked. But when he demands to wirelessly connect the two of them via brain chips in a first-ever human “mind-meld,” Hazel decides what was once merely irritating has become unbearable. The world she escapes into is a far cry from the dry and clinical bubble she’s been living in, a world populated with a whole host of deviant oddballs.
As Hazel tries to carve out a new life for herself in this uncharted territory, Byron is using the most sophisticated tools at his disposal to find her and bring her home. His threats become more and more sinister, and Hazel is forced to take drastic measures in order to find a home of her own and free herself from Byron’s virtual clutches once and for all. Perceptive and compulsively readable,
Made for Love is at once an absurd, raunchy comedy and a dazzling, profound meditation marriage, monogamy, and family.
“Smart, riveting ... The book begins, and races along, as an antic thriller...
Made for Love crackles and satisfies by all its own weird rules, subversively inventing delight where none should exist. How can a book be so bright, and so dark?” (
New York Times Book Review)
“[Hazel] is the rare literary heroine in whose company it would be a pleasure to absolutely wreck my life...The book is a total joyride, dizzying and surprising, like a state-fair roller coaster that makes you queasy for a moment but leaves you euphoric in the end.” (
The New Yorker)
“Bizarre and brutally funny… relentlessly entertaining…
Made for Love is a whip-smart critique of our relationship with technology and the ways we connect to other humans.” (Harper's Bazaar)
“Provocative and irreverent,
Made for Love is an absurdly hilarious musing on love and marriage.” (W Magazine)
Made for Love has to be this summer’s most heartwarming novel.” (
“[A] wacky, hysterical and crazy-compelling story. Virtually every sentence of this book is laugh-out-loud hilarious... With [Nutting’s] wit plus the intrigue of the plot, it really is impossible to put down.” (New York Daily News)
“Embrace the absurdity in this bonkers romp.” (Cosmopolitan)
“Easily one of the funniest books about sex and modern technology you’ll read this year.” (NPR.org)
Made for Love will be one of the funniest, most absurd books you’ll read this summer....Hilarious, clever, and strikingly original,
Made for Love speaks to the absurdity of our societal obsessions with technology and wealth.” (Buzzfeed)
“Nutting is the perfect writer to examine this absurdity, and what she’s done in
Made for Love is remarkable. Let’s just put it out there: go read this book.” (The Millions)
About the Author
Alissa Nutting is an assistant professor of English at Grinnell College. She is the author of the story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, as well as the novel Tampa.