The Hypothetical Girl: Stories by Elizabeth Cohen

Love meets technology with a dash of quirk in this collection of beautifully written short stories about internet dating. With levity and high style, Cohen takes her readers into a world where screen and keyboard meet the heart, with consequences that range from wonderful to weird. The Hypothetical Girlcaptures all the mystery, misery, and magic of the eternal search for human connection.

"[An] astonishingly inventive collection of stories...I don't think I've ever read anything more original..."  --Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

"With desperation or ambivalence, obsession or just plain hope, Cohen’s characters navigate the mysterious etiquette of digital-age romance, often getting lost in the fever of a potential idyllic relationship that falters by the first date. Though many of these stories parallel each other and occasionally slip into bitter, cynical narratives, Cohen is at her best when she departs from conventional romantic comedy plots and explores what we think about when we anticipate love."  -- Publishers Weekly

"Clearly, this book is about the state of modern romance, but it's also about our timeless fascination with identity—a weighty subject that Cohen handles with intelligence and a dash of much-needed whimsical comedy."