Goodbye for Now

Goodbye for Now

A Novel

Book - 2012
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In the spirit of ONE DAY, comes a fresh and warmhearted love story for the 21st century. Sometimes the end is just the beginning . . .

Sam Elling works for an internet dating company, but he still can't get a date. So he creates an algorithm that will match you with your soul mate. Sam meets the love of his life, a coworker named Meredith, but he also gets fired when the company starts losing all their customers to Mr. and Ms. Right.

When Meredith's grandmother, Livvie, dies suddenly, Sam uses his ample free time to create a computer program that will allow Meredith to have one last conversation with her grandmother. Mining from all her correspondence--email, Facebook, Skype, texts--Sam constructs a computer simulation of Livvie who can respond to email or video chat just as if she were still alive. It's not supernatural, it's computer science.

Meredith loves it, and the couple begins to wonder if this is something that could help more people through their grief. And thus, the company RePose is born. The business takes off, but for every person who just wants to say good-bye, there is someone who can't let go.

In the meantime, Sam and Meredith's affection for one another deepens into the kind of love that once tasted, you can't live without. But what if one of them suddenly had to? This entertaining novel, delivers a charming and bittersweet romance as well as a lump in the throat exploration of the nature of love, loss, and life (both real and computer simulated). Maybe nothing was meant to last forever, but then again, sometimes love takes on a life of its own.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Doubleday, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385536189
Branch Call Number: F FRA
Characteristics: 289 p. ; 25 cm


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Jun 26, 2018

What does it mean for a machine to be conscious? How much digital material is enough to preserve a human mind (or a 'soul')? You can get funny, lighthearted opinions like Laurie Frankel's "Goodbye For Now" or you can watch Westworld.

Apr 06, 2013

My gramma passed away suddenly about a month after I read this book. The story inspired me to FaceTime her when I couldn't be with her in ICU.

Jan 18, 2013

Very, very well written and a surprising story. While I could not put the book down while I was reading it, I was ultimately disappointed with the subject matter and the ending. Nonetheless, I await Ms. Frankel's next novel, as I feel that she shows extraordinary promise..

ChristchurchLib Sep 19, 2012

When it comes to creating algorithms that improve matches between singles looking for love, Sam Elling is a victim of his own success. Although his creation helps Sam finds his own soul mate, it also threatens his employer's business - and results in his termination. Out of work, he develops a program based on previously sent emails that allows his new love, Meredith, to "correspond" with her recently deceased grandmother.

This soon mushrooms into a commercial success (RePose), but it also provokes moral and ethical quandaries and opposition from religious groups and, eventually, forces half of the new couple to question whether RePose is a blessing or a curse when it comes to letting go of loved ones.

Listed in the Next Reads Fiction A to Z newsletter September 2012

KatSu Sep 16, 2012

OMG What a wonderful, compelling, insightful, intriguing book! Humorous, sad, thought provoking blending and flowing and drawing you into it's web of searching, and learning and understanding, and seeking and living.

ontherideau Jun 18, 2012

Good on many levels, funny, current, thought provoking.
Would promote discussion in a young thinking bookclub

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