Connect: book two
(Rainwater Press, 2014) 132 pages
The story of Bev and Max continues…
In the second novel of her acclaimed series, author Nan McCarthy continues the wild ride that began in Chat. It’s now 1996, and Bev and Max, two strangers who met online, find their lives unexpectedly intertwined. As their words and actions propel them into unexplored territory, Bev and Max’s relationship grows more intense—and complex—than they ever imagined.
Praised as “a lively, free-flowing, spontaneous outburst of curiosity, anxiety and hope,” the story of Bev and Max unfolds entirely through their online messages. Readers once again find themselves unable to resist the temptation to “eavesdrop” on the pair’s sexually charged, humorous, and thought-provoking exchanges. In a time before Facebook, Skype, and Twitter, when there were no status updates, no photos, no tweets, no video chats, all Bev and Max have to share with one another are their words—or so it may seem.
In this newest edition of her Chat, Connect, and Crash series, McCarthy offers up a snapshot of the mid-1990s Internet culture and its changing dynamic of human interaction. As Bev and Max gradually reveal themselves by what they choose to say—and leave unsaid—their seductive, addicting, and all-too-human adventures will draw you from first page to last.
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