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By Gabriel Roth

Eric Muller has been attempting to hack the female friend challenge for part his existence. As a teenage geek, he stumbled on his present for programming computers-but his makes an attempt to appreciate ladies in basic terms ascertain that he is greater at writing code than connecting with people. terrific, neurotic, and lonely, Eric spends highschool within the solitary glow of a screen.

By his early twenties, Eric's expertise has made him a Silicon Valley millionaire. He can coax ladies into mattress with ironic feedback and punctiliously timed intimacies, yet hiding at the back of wit and empathy will get lonely, and he fears that love will continually be out of reach.

So while Eric falls for the attractive, fiercely opinionated Maya Marcom, and he or she miraculously falls for him too, he is in new territory. however the extra he learns approximately his excellent girlfriend's unresolved previous, the additional Eric's obsessive brain spirals into confusion and doubt. Can he reconcile his want for order and common sense with the secret and chaos of love?

This remarkable debut ushers Eric Muller-flawed, humorous, irresistibly endearing-into the pantheon of not going heroes. With an unblinking eye for the absurdities and horrors of latest existence, Gabriel Roth offers us a hilarious and heartbreaking meditation on self attention, reminiscence, and love.

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