Chat: book one
(Rainwater Press, 2014) 132 pages
In the days before Facebook, Skype, and Twitter…
Two strangers begin a conversation online. It’s 1995, and the Internet is new and uncharted territory. No status updates, no photos, no tweets, no video chats. All they have to share with one another are their words.
Max, a restless advertising copywriter who’s new to the online world, boldly strikes up an email conversation with Bev, a tough-minded book editor who’s been online since the ’80s. With charm, wit, and persistence, Max chips away at Bev’s reluctant façade until the two are sharing secrets they wouldn’t dream of telling anyone in “real life.”
Hailed as “Silicon Valley’s Story of O,” the story of Bev and Max’s relationship gradually becomes more intense, unfolding entirely through their online messages. Since Chat’s first publication in 1995, readers have found themselves unable to resist the temptation to “eavesdrop” on Bev and Max’s increasingly intimate correspondence as she slowly opens up to him and he becomes more fascinated by her.
This newest edition of the acclaimed Chat, Connect, and Crash series offers a snapshot of the emerging technology and online culture of the 1990s, but the story of Bev and Max is—above all else—entertaining, compelling, and timeless.
critical praise for the original chat, connect, crash series:
“This is Chekhov for the ’90s: lust, romance, and adultery, cyber-style.” — Mademoiselle
“Silicon Valley’s Story of O. From the first page, we’re hooked.” — House Organ: A Magazine of the Arts
“Draws you from page to page. Sequels are on the way, and I can hardly wait.” — The New York Times
“You won’t need a modem to appreciate the charm of this virtual romance.” — Glamour
“[Bev and Max’s] mingling is electric.” — Washington Post Book World
“A hip look at the Internet cyberculture and how it has changed the dynamic of present-day relationships.” — The Review Zone
“Fully drawn, believable characters. There’s a very warm body at the end of each cold computer connection.” — The Orange County Register
“A lively, free-flowing, spontaneous outburst of curiosity, anxiety and hope.” — Syracuse Herald-American
“A love story that is completely modern, full of passion, wit and fun.” — Central PA Magazine
“[McCarthy] gives the headstrong-girl-meets-self-sufficient-boy story a refreshing twist.” — Publishers Weekly
“So authentic—down to the convoluted stumbling that takes place in cyber-relationships—that it’s unexpectedly entertaining.” — St. Louis Post Dispatch
“McCarthy has brought 18th-century epistolary novels into modern times.” — Atlanta Journal Constitution