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Kit Reed

Forge Books



@expectations is a fabulous work of women's fiction by a writer who has made a career of delving deep into women's hearts and finding the truth of their feelings and their lives. Reed's fiction has always examined the female and familial conditions with a sharp eye, a truthful insight, and a unique style that leaves her readers breathless and wanting more.

Jenny is living a typical suburban life, one she's no longer sure she really wants and doesn't know how to change. When she stumbles upon an online community where people create their own lives through words, she dives in headfirst, eager for something new.

But soon Jenny becomes so far removed from her life that she can no longer even see the line between reality and fantasy; she's even got an online lover who insists that he will leave his own family, take her away from it all, and make their virtual life a reality. Eventually Jenny will have to make a choice: return to her husband, her children, her home, her "real life"--or escape into the arms of a fantasy world that may never become truly real.

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Praise for @Expectations

“Kit Reed brings her subtle mastery of twentieth-century fiction into the new millenium without missing a beat. @expectations is a funny, warm, and surprising story about a cold new world. Don't miss it.” —Peter Blauner, author of Slow Motion Riot

“Oh, what a tangled Web Reed weaves! In the chilling tradition of future shocks--Orwell's 1984, Levin's Stepford [email protected] leads us into the amazing temptations of online "life" and "love." Log on at your peril.” —Lois Gould, author of Mommy Dressing

“In her dark, dangerous, irrestistible novel, Kit Reed plunges the reader into the psychological equivalent of a seedy waterfront bar-a band of desperate misfits, linked by modem, whose passions and projections shatter their real lives. @expectations, however, is less a snapshot of cyber-life than a portrait of our hidden selves.” —M. G. Lord, author of Forever Barbie.


Kit Reed

Kit Reed (1932-2017) has been the recipient of two Guggenheim fellowships and an Aspen Institute Rockefeller Fellowship. Her novel, Little Sisters of the Apocalypse, and a short story collection, Weird Women, Wired Women, were finalists for the James W. Tiptree Award. She has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award for short fiction. A novel, The Ballad of T. Rantula, was named to the American Library Association list of Best Books for Young Adults.

Short fiction comprises the majority of her work. Most of her stories are science fiction and fantasy, where Reed is generally considered one of the best feminist sf writers, often writing about women's issues and body image through a science fictional filter.

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Francesca Myman for Locus Magazine

Kit Reed

Forge Books

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