by Madeleine Gray
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Pub Date 27 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 29 Mar 2024
Henry Holt & Company, Henry Holt and Co.
“Madeleine Gray takes a scalpel to millennial malaise, office romance, and infidelity, and the result is a brainy, gutsy, nervy—and hilarious—wonder of a novel.”
—Meg Howrey, author of They're Going to Love You
An irresistible and messy love story about the terrible allure of wanting something that promises nothing
At twenty-four, Hera is a clump of unmet potential. To her, the future is nothing but an exhausting thought exercise, one depressing hypothetical after another. She’s sharp in more ways than one, adrift in her own smug malaise, until her new job moderating the comments section of an online news outlet—a role even more mind-numbing than it sounds—introduces her to Arthur, a middle-aged journalist. Though she's preferred women to men for years now, she soon finds herself falling into an all-consuming affair with him. She is coming apart with want and loving every second of it! Well, except for the tiny hiccup that Arthur has a wife—and that she has no idea Hera exists.
With its daringly specific and intimate voice, Green Dot is a darkly hilarious and deeply felt examination of the joys and indignities of coming into adulthood against the pitfalls of the twenty-first century and the winding, tortuous, and often very funny journey we take in deciding who we are and who we want to be.
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Green Dot follows Hera, a woman in her mid-20s who after delaying the inevitable realizes she must get a job like the rest of her peers. She gets one as an online comment moderator and things suddenly become more interesting for her as she begins an affair with an older, married coworker. I normally do not particularly enjoy stories centering around infidelity, but this was definitely the exception. This is thanks to Hera, our main character. Madeleine Grey absolutely nailed it writing one of the most hilarious and relatable characters I’ve ever read. Even when she did something I didn’t agree with I would think “you know what, I get it tbh”. Even through dark or heavy moments of the book I had a ton of fun reading this.
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