Hey, Zoey (Hardcover)

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When Delores discovers a sex doll in her garage, it begins the decimation of her marriage. Why does he want it and not her? Zoe is the top-of-the-line sex doll crossed with ChapGPT. Zoe doesn't really factor into the ultimate ending of the story, except as a shoulder for Delores to rest her weary head and figure out what happened to her life. A very contemplative novel about relationships and how they are ciphered in a way that even the couples can't always see where they are and where they are going. 

— Jason Kennedy

Description


In this “brilliant . . . and darkly funny” (Sarah Dunn) novel, Dolores O'Shea’s marriage collapsed when she discovers her husband’s AI sex doll in the garage—but after moving “Zoey” into the house, they become oddly bonded, opening the door to a lifetime of repressed feelings and memories.

43-year-old Dolores O'Shea is logical, organized, and prepared to handle whatever comes her way. She keeps up with her job and housework, takes care of her mentally declining mother, and remains close with her old friends and her younger sister who's moved to New York. Though her marriage with David, an anesthesiologist, isn't what is used to be, nothing can quite prepare her for Zoey, the $8,000 AI sex doll that David has secretly purchased and stuffed away in the garage. At first, Zoey sparks an uncharacteristically strong violence in Dolores, whose entire life is suddenly cast in doubt.

But then, Dolores and Zoey start to talk...and what surfaces runs deeper than Dolores could have ever expected, with consequences for all of the relationships in her life, especially her relationship to herself. Provocative, brilliant, and tender, Hey, Zoey is an electrifying new novel about the painful truths of modern-day connection and the complicated and unexpected forms that love can take in a lifetime. 

About the Author


Sarah Crossan has lived in Dublin, London, New York and now lives in East Sussex. Her books for children and teenagers have won many prizes including the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal, the CBI Book of the Year, the YA Book Prize, and the CLiPPA Poetry Award. Her first novel for adults, Here Is The Beehive, was published in 2020 to critical acclaim. Sarah’s novels have been translated into more than twenty-five languages.

Praise For…


“Crossan has imagined her AI responses so brilliantly it hurts—she plays a much more profound role in what is ultimately a moving, troubling, even heartbreaking book…[Hey, Zoey] firmly places her in a group with Sally Rooney, Caroline O’Donoghue, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, and Eimear McBride, millennial Irish women writers we love. Extremely easy to read and equally hard to forget.”

Kirkus, Starred Review

"A funny, insightful tale of love and complicated families."—Marie Claire

"A love triangle, but with a twist."—The Guardian

"Highly inventive, astute and funny… A thought-provoking reflection on loneliness, love and the search for connection."—Observer

“Brilliant, provocative, and darkly funny, Sarah Crossan’s Hey, Zoey explores the impossibility of connection, and the things we hide from ourselves and the people we love.”—Sarah Dunn, author of THE ARRANGEMENT

"Funny/dark. Tender/tough. Uncanny/relatable. Hey, Zoey is a searing novel about true intimacy and the things humans will do to protect themselves from it. You’ve never read anything quite like it, and only Sarah Crossan could have written it."
 —Erin Kelly, author of The Poison Tree

"Examining how humanity can be found in unexpected places, one of our most inventive writers, Sarah Crossan, blends comedy, drama, and heartbreak in a novel that is as surprising as it is memorable."—John Boyne, author of The Heart's Invisible Furies

"Hey, Zoey is unique, refreshing and revelatory. Sarah Crossan excels at subtle subversion, marrying delicious dark wit with deep empathy to produce work that reads the zeitgeist perfectly. This stylish, provocative novel isn’t afraid to push the bruise!"—Helen Cullen, author of The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually

"This darkly funny modern love story had me gripped all the way from its compelling opening to its unexpectedly moving and worrying conclusion. Hey, Zoey offers a sharp and sometimes shocking exploration of relationships between friends, lovers and family. It’s intriguing, fresh, and satisfyingly complex; it makes you think, and it makes you feel."—Lesley Glaister, author of Little Egypt

"Hey, Zoey is a flight of the imagination mapping the twilight zone of broken love. Highly original, deeply moving, simultaneously delicate yet hard hitting, Crossan is elegantly devastating in her ability to evoke our tender, unguarded selves."—Claire Kilroy, author of Solider Sailor


Product Details
ISBN: 9780316428606
ISBN-10: 0316428604
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: June 25th, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English