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April 2013: "Woke Up Lonely" by Fiona Maazel

  • Apr 25, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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“This is a great novel. Great, major, important—say it however you like. This is a book you need.”—Darin Strauss, author of Half a Life

Thurlow Dan is the founder of the Helix, a cult that promises to cure loneliness in the twenty-first century. With its communes and speed-dating, mixers and confession sessions, the Helix has become a national phenomenon—and attracted the attention of governments worldwide. But Thurlow, camped out in his Cincinnati headquarters, is lonely—for his ex-wife, Esme, and their daughter, whom he hasn't seen in ten years.

Esme, for her part, is a covert agent who has spent her life spying on Thurlow, mostly to protect him from the law. Now, with her superiors demanding results, she recruits four misfits to botch a reconnaissance mission in Cincinnati. But when Thurlow takes them hostage, he ignites a siege of the Helix House that will change all their lives forever.

With fiery, exuberant prose, Fiona Maazel takes us on a wild ride through North Korea's guarded interior and a city of vice beneath Cincinnati, a ride that twists and turns as it delves into an unsettled, off-kilter America. Woke Up Lonely is an original and deeply funny novel that explores our very human impulse to seek and repel intimacy with the people who matter to us most.

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  • Sarah Louise K.

    Thanks for a great meetup- lovely to meet you all and looking forward to next time!

    April 26, 2013

  • Jenna K

    I'll be there-- it's two am and I actually finished reading the book! Now, I'll just fall asleep in the middle of our discussion. ;-)

    April 25, 2013

  • Ditte Madvig E.

    Sorry, didn't think I was still attending. Not in Copenhagen at the moment.

    April 24, 2013

  • Anna S

    Sorry I have to cancel - I won't be able to finish the book by Thursday. Hope to join next time!

    April 21, 2013

  • Brindusa

    Im sorry, I need to travel that day, so cannot join.
    Also, I havent received yet the book, thought I could read it in the week end. One small suggestion if I may:) Could we take books in kindle format so easier to get hold on?

    April 17, 2013

    • Petra

      I too think, that it would be a great idea to choose books, that are available in Kindle format (immeadiate download vs. having to wait for delivery by post). Amazon had this book only in hardcover.

      April 21, 2013

  • Elizabeth J.


    I work for a research and innovation company called Sense Worldwide. We're coming out to Copenhagen next week (28-30 April) to interview a wide range of folk, including people who are who are making, hacking and developing tech for fun.

    E.g's of other people we'd like to speak to:
    • People living communally (e.g in a guardianship house/in a commune etc.)
    • People working in a mobile way (eg mobile hairdresser)
    • Artists
    • Activists
    • Extreme sports people
    • Transient / living out of suitcase
    • Funeral Directors
    • Survivalist
    • Squatters
    • Someone with a disability
    • Hacker
    • Tech geeks/makers
    • Super social people/networkers (online and/or offline)

    Anyone else who has a unique perspective and lifestyle is also welcome to apply!

    The incentive is €180 for a 2-3 hour in-home/studio interview.
    The link to apply is

    Feel free to contact [masked] if you have any questions or want some further info.

    April 19, 2013

  • Agatha M.

    I didn't receive the book yet, so I'll join next time. Have fun!

    April 17, 2013

  • Kalina

    My book has estimated delivery (Tuesday, April 23, 2013) so I am not really sure that I will manage/receive to read the book for the meeting :/

    April 10, 2013

  • Sarah

    I'm away at a conference on the 22nd - have a great time!

    April 1, 2013

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