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Soft Skull
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5.6 X 8.4 X 1.2 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

COLIN WINNETTE's books include Coyote, Haints Stay, and The Job of the Wasp, which was an American Booksellers Association's Indie Next Pick. Winnette's writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Playboy, McSweeney's, The Believer, and The Paris Review Daily. A former bookseller in Texas, Vermont, New York, and California, he is now a writer living in San Francisco.


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"Told in refreshingly unadorned prose that lets Winnette's characters and ideas shine . . . Users is not only a book for today or a warning about tomorrow, but a timeless and moving story about fatherhood and one man's yearning for a more meaningful life." --Jessamine Chan, The New York Times Book Review

"A perceptive, subtly moving novel . . . Winnette's thoughtful depiction gives [Miles] a heart that's not beyond redemption." --Kevin Canfield, San Francisco Chronicle

"Gripping, clever, and terrifying, Users sucks you in just like a video game." --Adrienne Westenfeld, Esquire

"[A] sharp, Charlie Kauffman-esque thriller." --Leah Greenbaltt, Entertainment Weekly

"A thoughtful exploration of parasocial relationships or the way real ones can turn into odd hauntings." --Megan Crouse, Den of Geek

"This one is a mind-boggling ride . . . breathtaking and mind opening and more original than anything being produced for a semi large audience . . . The story will force you to consider the meaning of authentic experience, and it might punch you in the gut." --Mark Dago, Big Shiny Robot

"A disquieting cautionary tale for an age of virtual spaces." --Kirkus Reviews

"An engaging story of a virtual reality designer stuck in a rut . . . In Winnette's hands, the dangerous blur between the virtual and reality provides both a warning and a thrill." --Publishers Weekly

"A surreal puzzle box and page-turner from which the reader may never recover, full of the unique absurdity, dark humor, and character insight that make Colin Winnette's work such a joy." --Jeff Vandermeer, New York Times bestselling author of the Southern Reach Trilogy and Hummingbird Salamander

"Users is the best kind of book: both thrillingly old-fashioned, and utterly, daringly timely. Winnette captures the anxiety and paranoia of the current age in a tale that will have you ripping through the pages. Haunting, clever, witty, terrifying, moving; reader, I loved it." --Andrew Sean Greer, winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Less

"Users creeps upon the reader like the well-designed programs it describes, disguising itself as a tome about the future, virtual reality, the tech world, and what tantalizing dangers it wreaks. But what is truly frightening about this extraordinary book is the center of its futuristic shell--an unsettling look at marriage, parenting, and relationships that will lurk in the reader's mind long after the final page. Colin Winnette has written a delicious nightmare. Welcome to its open maw." --Esmé Weijun Wang, author of The Collected Schizophrenias

"In gripping prose and disturbingly sharp focus, Colin Winnette presents us with a not-too-distant future where technology and selfhood have become completely entangled. Users shows how we can become addicted to our customizable versions of reality, both on and offline--and how tenuous the boundary between these two realms can be. I kept thinking about this novel long after I put it down." --Hernan Diaz, Pulitzer Prize Finalist, author of In the Distance and Trust