Paperback eBook


On sale date: 09-02-2014

PAGES: 336

TRIM SIZE: 5.5 X 8.3in

ISBN: 978-1-61620-369-6

LIST PRICE: $14.95


On sale date: 09-02-2014

LIST PRICE: $14.95

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.


“An enormously appealing novel that takes on the knotty questions of relationships, marriage, and fate, while never failing to entertain. 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


“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, written in collaboration with the eminently talented Julianna Baggott. In a world where people can consult with envisionists to see their romantic futures, Evelyn and Godfrey find themselves questioning their potential futures without realizing the bounty the present can hold. 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


“Pretty sure reading The Future for Curious People by Gregory Sherl is making me a better person. Or at least believe in love. This wonderful book is a love story about love stories -- the ones we make up for ourselves, the ones we tell about other people, and ultimately the ones we write down in novels. The pages burst with laugh-out-loud scenes and crisply original set-ups. The characters smart from social criticism that is very now. But under this casual cool, behind the snappy dialogue and hipster flair, this is a novel with one idea: True love is possible, and so is a true love story. I loved it! Can't wait to share it with everyone I know!”—Lydia Netzer, author of Shine, Shine, Shine


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.