No One Is Talking About This

No One Is Talking About This

A Novel

eBook - 2021
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“A book that reads like a prose poem, at once sublime, profane, intimate, philosophical, witty and, eventually, deeply moving.” New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice

“Wow. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much reading a book. What an inventive and startling writer…I’m so glad I read this. I really think this book is remarkable.” —David Sedaris 
From "a formidably gifted writer" (The New York Times Book Review), a book that asks: Is there life after the internet?

As this urgent, genre-defying book opens, a woman who has recently been elevated to prominence for her social media posts travels around the world to meet her adoring fans. She is overwhelmed by navigating the new language and etiquette of what she terms "the portal," where she grapples with an unshakable conviction that a vast chorus of voices is now dictating her thoughts. When existential threats—from climate change and economic precariousness to the rise of an unnamed dictator and an epidemic of loneliness—begin to loom, she posts her way deeper into the portal's void. An avalanche of images, details, and references accumulate to form a landscape that is post-sense, post-irony, post-everything. "Are we in hell?" the people of the portal ask themselves. "Are we all just going to keep doing this until we die?"
Suddenly, two texts from her mother pierce the fray: "Something has gone wrong," and "How soon can you get here?" As real life and its stakes collide with the increasingly absurd antics of the portal, the woman confronts a world that seems to contain both an abundance of proof that there is goodness, empathy, and justice in the universe, and a deluge of evidence to the contrary.
Fragmentary and omniscient, incisive and sincere, No One Is Talking About This is at once a love letter to the endless scroll and a profound, modern meditation on love, language, and human connection from a singular voice in American literature.
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group


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Apr 23, 2021

It probably won't be to everyone's taste, but this was one of the best pieces of fiction(alized) writing that I have ever read. Simultaneously very modern and very real. It will stay with me for quite a while.

Mar 23, 2021

An odd and extremely poetic "novel" that seemed to be written by someone who is much smarter than me, because most of the book felt over my head. The book tells a tragic tail about the death of the narrator's niece due to an extremely rare genetic disorder at the age of six months and one day. Tragic and sad, and yet somehow a gift for the family, too. The book is also about the internet and social media, but again, most of that was beyond me.

Mar 23, 2021

Lockwood's book is more of a writer's creative expression than a fictional narrative. It's separate pieces read like social media posts that grab snippets of conversation and thought. Much of it seems a bit like aspects of Lockwood's real life. It's poignant yet humorous. "The
people who lived in the portal were often compared to those legendary experiment rats who kept hitting a button over and over to get a pellet. But at least the rats were getting a pellet, or the hope of a pellet, or the memory of a pellet. When we hit the button, all we were getting was to be more of a rat."

Feb 11, 2021

This is a book in two parts highly recommended by The New York Times. The first half is an ode to joy about the internet and the author's love affair with it. The second half is how she deals with a family tragedy in real life. Implied is that you have to have a perspective on what the internet can and can't do.

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