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Hey Harry, Hey Matilda: A Novel (Paperback)
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Reading these email exchanges between a brother and a sister is addictive. You think you can stop, but then you decide to read just one more. So much of what I’ve been reading lately has been about race and resistance. And while I’ve learned so much from these incredible authors, sometimes a funny book can provide a much-needed break from reality. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with this writer and his sister, the photographer. Their distinctive voices are witty and sharp; stumbling onto this book was a delightful surprise.— From Beth's Picks
Matilda Goodman is an underemployed wedding photographer grappling with her failure to live as an artist and the very bad lie she has told her boyfriend (that she has a dead twin). Harry, her (totally alive) brother, is an untenured professor of literature, anxiously contemplating his dead-end career and sleeping with a student. When Matilda invited her boyfriend home for Thanksgiving to meet the family, she falls down a slippery slope of shame, scandal, and drunken hot tub revelations forcing both siblings to examine who they really are and who they want to be. Told entirely in hilarious email exchanges, this is a wonderfully subversive, sensitive novel of romantic entanglement and misguided ambition
About the Author
RACHEL HULIN is a writer and photographer. Her personal essays and writing about photography have appeared in Rolling Stone, Nerve, Radar Magazine, Huffington Post, and The Daily Beast. Her photography book, Flying Henry, was released by PowerHouse Books in 2013. Her work has been shown at Jen Bekman Gallery, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Wallspace Gallery, and the New York Photo Festival, among others. Hulin has lectured about her own work, professional practices, and about the role of social media in photography at ICP, SVA, Parsons, Brown University, RISD,and MIAD. Editorial photography clients include Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, Whole Foods Magazine, and Fitness Magazine. Hulin has a BA from Brown University and an MA from NYU. She is represented by ClampArt Gallery in New York. She lives with her husband and two children in Providence, Rhode Island.
“Charming…With wit and finely tuned insights.” —People
“Laugh-out-loud funny.” —Publishers Weekly
“Weird, witty and clever.” —The Guardian
“Hey Harry, Hey Matilda is a funny, tender look at the complexities of family. It also paints a frighteningly accurate picture of the elusive quest for adulthood. Witty, playful, and inventive, Rachel Hulin's debut is just plain fun to read.”'
–Swan Huntley, author of We Could Be Beautiful
“Rachel Hulin ably demonstrates that the age-old epistolary form is deeply satisfying to the modern reader; we're the voyeurs in a story that's often delightful and occasionally discomfiting.”
–Rumaan Alam, author of Rich and Pretty
“The twin protagonists of this sparkling epistolary novel, Harry and Matilda, are also actual twins. And though they communicate with each other regularly, they also do so irregularly—their letters, filled with inside jokes, culture references high and low, advice, questions, and lived-in philosophy, can be uproarious or wistful, glib or pained, brilliant or obtuse. Through their communiques, they paint a vibrant picture of their lives for each other, for themselves, and for us. Hulin does wonderful things with adult friendship and the language that describes it. Harry and Matilda map each other. They mirror each other. In short—and in long—they correspond.”
–Ben Greenman, author of The Slippage and What He's Poised To Do
“Endearing and indecent... Creative and funny... [Hulin’s] writing excels in its ability to make the twins appealing. The email-exchange format leaves the reader feeling closely connected to the characters… Humorous and intimate... A novel as remarkably witty as it is frightful.”