The Unknowns

The Unknowns

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Eric Muller has been trying to hack the girlfriend problem for half his life. As a teenage geek, he discovered his gift for programming computers-but his attempts to understand women only confirm that he's better at writing code than connecting with human beings. Brilliant, neurotic, and lonely, Eric spends high school in the solitary glow of a screen.

By his early twenties, Eric's talent has made him a Silicon Valley millionaire. He can coax girls into bed with ironic remarks and carefully timed intimacies, but hiding behind wit and empathy gets lonely, and he fears that love will always be out of reach.

So when Eric falls for the beautiful, fiercely opinionated Maya Marcom, and she miraculously falls for him too, he's in new territory. But the more he learns about his perfect girlfriend's unresolved past, the further Eric's obsessive mind spirals into confusion and doubt. Can he reconcile his need for order and logic with the mystery and chaos of love?

This brilliant debut ushers Eric Muller-flawed, funny, irresistibly endearing-into the pantheon of unlikely heroes. With an unblinking eye for the absurdities and horrors of contemporary life, Gabriel Roth gives us a hilarious and heartbreaking meditation on self consciousness, memory, and love.

Publisher: New York : Reagan Arthur Books, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316223287
031622328X
Branch Call Number: ROTH G
Characteristics: 213 p. ; 22 cm

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ChristchurchLib Dec 02, 2013

A first novel about a youngish techie guy who has created a dot–com startup that makes him a millionaire when he sells it. He’s saddled with a father who has get rich quick schemes doomed to failure. He meets a young woman where his lack of social skills collide with her considerable hang ups. It’s often very funny and very likeable.

ChristchurchLib Dec 02, 2013

A first novel about a youngish techie guy who has created a dot–com startup that makes him a millionaire when he sells it. He’s saddled with a father who has get rich quick schemes doomed to failure. He meets a young woman where his lack of social skills collide with her considerable hang ups. It’s often very funny and very likeable.

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