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Hazel’s stepmother is a sex doll

Authors Alissa Nutting, Courtney Maum and Weike Wang talk about love and technology at the Brooklyn Book Festival

September 17, 2017 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Alissa Nutting reads from her novel “Made for Love” at Sunday's Brooklyn Book Festival. Novelist Weike Wang is at left and novelist Courtney Maum is at right. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
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Hazel’s stepmother is a sex doll.

And that’s not the worst of it.

Hazel’s husband, the rich and powerful founder of Gogol Industries, has put a chip in her brain and can track her like a lost cellphone.

Modern love can get weird sometimes.

Hazel is the protagonist in Alissa Nutting’s hilarious and poignant novel “Made for Love.”

Nutting is “really suspicious of technology” and the way it can spy on people, she said Sunday at a Brooklyn Book Festival panel.

“At gas stations, I check for toilet cams,” she said.

Some tech stuff does come in handy in romantic relations, though, she said. Like cellphone texting.

“I love fighting in texts,” she said. “I prefer it to fighting in person.”

Novelists Courtney Maum (whose recent novel is called “Touch”) and Weike Wang (who wrote “Chemistry”) were also on the book-festival panel called “The Science of Intimacy.”

The main character in Maum’s novel has a love life in which technology is big problem, too.

Sloane Jacobsen’s long-time live-in partner has taken to wearing a Zentai suit — which means nothing can touch his skin — and has decided he’s “only going to be sexual in the cyber world,” Maum said.   

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