Woke Up Lonely

Fiona Maazel (Author)


"Intricately imagined and timely . . . Maazel is an entertaining writer with a dry, droll sense of humor." --The New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice

* Shortlisted for the Believer Book Award *
Fiona Maazel's Woke Up Lonely follows a cult leader, his ex-wife, and the four people he takes hostage. It's about loneliness in America, North Korea, espionage, a city underneath Cincinnati, cloud seeding, and eavesdropping. It's also a big, sweeping love story.

Product Details

Graywolf Press
Publish Date
April 01, 2014
5.53 X 1.0 X 8.39 inches | 0.98 pounds
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About the Author

Fiona Maazel is the author of Last Last Chance. She is a winner of the Bard Prize for Fiction and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She teaches at Brooklyn College, Columbia, New York University, and Princeton. She lives in Brooklyn.


"[A] sprawling, intimate novel, which is a perfectly poised screen-capture of hyper-modernity." --The Believer Book Award, Editors' Shortlist

"Hilarious and heartbreaking." --NPR

"Brilliantly imagined." --Vanity Fair

"Maazel's insights are as sound as her imagination is wild." --Oprah.com, Book of the Week

"The talented Maazel has plenty of imagination." --USA Today

"[A] whip-smart comic novel." --Reader's Digest

"Uniformly entertaining . . . It's thrilling to imagine what Fiona Maazel might do next." --The Boston Globe

"Maazel possesses a formidable imagination and considerable linguistic virtuosity." --The Chicago Tribune

"[A] fun farce." --Cosmopolitan

"Woke Up Lonely is another wunderkammer, a deeply felt and wildly original novel that repays the attention it demands, and once read won't soon be forgotten." --Bookforum

"One of the best pieces of fiction and social satire of the year." --The Millions

"Maazel takes a cue from Kurt Vonnegut by creating a novel that blends the plot of a dramatic thriller with wacky humor and bits of science fiction." --BUST