"In Molly Shapiro's fun and sexy debut novel, four women try to sort through the wild and complicated world of text messaging, status updates, and other high-speed connections. Best friends and fellow midwesterners Katie, Annie, Maxine, and Claudia are no strangers to dealing with love and relationships, but with online dating and social networking now in the mix, they all have the feeling they're not in Kansas anymore. Katie, a divorced mother of two, secretly seeks companionship through the Internet only to discover that the rules of the dating game have drastically changed. Annie, a high-powered East Coast transplant, longs for a baby, yet her online search for a sperm donor is not as easy--or anonymous--as she anticipates. Maxine, a successful artist with a seemingly perfect husband, turns to celebrity gossip sites to distract herself from her less-than-ideal marriage. And Claudia, tired of her husband's obsession with Facebook, finds herself irresistibly drawn to a handsome co-worker. As these women navigate the new highs and lows of the digital age, they each find that their wrong turns lead surprisingly to the right click and, ultimately, the connection they were seeking"--
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December 20, 2011
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Excerpt from Point, Click, Love by Molly Shapiro
It had been two whole years since Katie divorced Rob, two years since she declared she was through with men. "I'll never be with a man again," she had said, her family and friends nodding and smiling politely.
Back then, Katie knew they didn't believe her. She knew they thought she'd find a new husband within a year or two and get right back on track. After all, she was only thirty-�two when she divorced. In fact, they thought she'd find someone even better than Rob. He'd be a big-�time executive for a pharmaceutical company, make lots of money, and install Katie and her two children in a big McMansion overlooking a golf course. She'd drive around in a shiny black SUV and would never have to work again.
That was their fantasy, not Katie's. Katie no longer bought into all that crap. Pharmaceutical executives were dull, McMansions fell apart after a few years, and SUVs were bad for the environment. Hadn't they heard about global warming?
Katie was proud that after two years as a divorc�e she had proven them all wrong. She really was through with men, or at least through with marrying them, living with them, cooking and cleaning for them, having their babies, and putting up with their endless deficiencies.
She hadn't always been so sure. When she first separated from Rob, she'd look around at all of her friends and neighbors who were still together and think, Everyone's so happy! Everywhere she turned there were young lovers walking hand in hand, smiling couples pushing strollers, and families kicking soccer balls on lush green lawns.
It didn't take her long to see past the illusion. Most of those young lovers were destined to break up. If they didn't break up, they'd end up getting married, having babies, being sleep deprived, arguing over whose turn it was to do the bath, and going to bed mad. And if they made it through all of that, they'd be too busy driving their kids to play dates and soccer tournaments, arguing about finances, and worrying about getting laid off to give each other a second glance.