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ISBN: 978-1-61620-369-6

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Meet Evelyn and Godfrey. Evelyn is breaking up with her boyfriend, who’s passing out advertisements for his band on a snowy street corner in Baltimore. She’s seen their dismal future together at Dr. Chin’s office: she and her boyfriend, both many years older, singing “Happy Birthday” to a Chihuahua and arguing about cheese. She hopes for more. Meanwhile, Godfrey is proposing to his girlfriend, Madge, who’s not quite willing to take that leap; she wants to see their future together first–just to be sure they’re meant for each other. The Future for Curious People follows Evelyn and Godfrey’s soon-to-be-entwined lives, set in motion by the fabulist premise of a world with envisionists like Dr. Chin. As the characters struggle with their pasts and possible futures, they wrestle with sorrow, love, death, and fate.

This novel will capture you with its brightness, its hopefulness, its anxious twists and turns; it is a love story that is ultimately a statement about happiness and how to accept our fleeting existence.


“A love story about love stories…The pages burst with laugh-out-loud scenes and crisply original set-ups. I loved it!”—Lydia Netzer, author of Shine, Shine, Shine 

“[Sherl’s novel] plays with our idea of true love, remixing it and even slightly mocking it, but always with a nostalgia that makes the story more sweet than sour. It gently reminds us that knowing the future isn’t the answer, but never judges us for wishing we knew more. Is destiny real? Do soul mates exist? The Future for Curious People toys with these questions without drawing crystal-clear conclusions. In that way, it’s a lot like love itself.”—BookPage 

“The novel has the feel of an indie rom-com…[and] reveals some absurd truths about relationships in a society fully geared toward self-improvement and couples therapy…entertaining.” —Kirkus Reviews

 “Somewhere between Jorge Luis Borges's ‘The Garden of Forking Paths’ and The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, you will find Gregory Sherl’s warm, intelligent debut novel…The Future for Curious People is as charming as it is wise and Sherl’s words will find their way into the hearts of many.” —Roxane Gay, author of An Untamed State

“Comic and exuberant…a fine and tender tale for anyone who has tried to let go of the past and envision the future while falling in love.”—Rhonda Riley, author of The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope

“A whip-smart novel about the obsession of love and the love of obsession.  Sherl writes prose with a poet’s grace; his future could not be brighter.” —Aaron Gwyn, author of Wynne’s War

“Enormously appealing…Evelyn and Godfrey are two unforgettable characters you’ll root for and remember long after you’ve read the last page of this wildly original, deeply moving novel.”—Mindy Friddle, author of Secret Keepers and The Garden Angel

Meet the author

Gregory Sherl is the author of The Future for Curious People, three poetry collections, which include The Oregon Trail Is the Oregon Trail, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Believer Poetry Award. His poetry has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Salt Hill, Los Angeles Review, the Rumpus, New Delta Review, and, among others. A Grisham Fellow in Poetry at the University of Mississippi, he is also poetry editor of the Opening Night Poetry Series with Ampersand Books. The Future for Curious People is his first novel.