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We First Met in Ithaca, or Was It Eden? by Richard Seltzer

We First Met in Ithaca, or Was It Eden?

by Richard Seltzer

212 pages
Elle and Oz, strangers ready to start new lives, meet by chance and swap stories in an abandoned house. They realize the stories are coming to them from an unknown source and discover connections with one another in previous lives.

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About the Book
Honorable Mention! Novels Category in the 2023 Connecticut Press Club Communications Contest.

Elle and Oz, strangers ready to restart their lives, meet by chance and flirtatiously swap stories in a dark abandoned house. They soon sense that these stories are coming from an unknown source. It's as if they are watching the stories rather than telling them. Then they become actors inside the stories, seeing and hearing as if they were the characters, affecting outcomes but still conscious of their separate contemporary selves in the dark abandoned house, their attraction heightened by this mysterious adventure. The stories transform: the two become characters from the Odyssey and Genesis, facing challenges in previous lives, challenges that they meet head-on . Finally, and they find themselves in a future where whole populations have transferred themselves to (or been absorbed into) a massive computer network. The human cycle of birth, death, and rebirth will end. They will live in that network forever. But Elle and Oz have a choice.


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About the Author
Richard Seltzer Richard lives in Milford, CT, where he writes full-time. He graduated from Yale and earned an MA in Comp Lit from the U. of Mass. At Yale, he had creative writing courses with Robert Penn Warren and Joseph Heller. He has written and published two dozen books.



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