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By Fiona Maazel

"Intricately imagined and well timed . . . Maazel is an exciting author with a dry, droll feel of humor." ―The long island occasions ebook Review, Editor's Choice

* Shortlisted for the Believer Book Award *
Fiona Maazel's Woke Up Lonely follows a cult chief, his ex-wife, and the 4 humans he is taking hostage. it really is approximately loneliness in the United States, North Korea, espionage, a urban beneath Cincinnati, cloud seeding, and eavesdropping. it is also an immense, sweeping love story.

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