Come with Me

Come with Me Review

From Helen Schulman, the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller This Beautiful Life, comes another "gripping, potent, and blisteringly well-written story of family, dilemma, and consequence" (Elizabeth Gilbert)—a mind-bending novel set in Silicon Valley that challenges our modern constructs of attachment and love, purpose and fate.

One of Vogue’s Books You Won’t Want to Miss This Fall 2018

"What do you want to know?"

Amy Reed works part-time as a PR person for a tech start-up, run by her college roommate’s nineteen-year-old son, in Palo Alto, California. Donny is a baby genius, a junior at Stanford in his spare time. His play for fortune is an algorithm that may allow people access to their "multiverses"—all the planes on which their alternative life choices can be played out simultaneously—to see how the decisions they’ve made have shaped their lives.

Donny wants Amy to be his guinea pig. And even as she questions Donny’s theories and motives, Amy finds herself unable to resist the lure of the road(s) not taken. Who would she be if she had made different choices, loved different people? Where would she be now?

Amy’s husband, Dan—an unemployed, perhaps unemployable, print journalist—accepts a dare of his own, accompanying a seductive, award-winning photographer named Maryam on a trip to Fukushima, the Japanese city devastated by tsunami and meltdown. Collaborating with Maryam, Dan feels a renewed sense of excitement and possibility he hasn’t felt with his wife in a long time. But when crisis hits at home, the extent of Dan’s betrayal is exposed and, as Amy contemplates alternative lives, the couple must confront whether the distances between them in the here and now are irreconcilable.

Taking place over three non-consecutive but vitally important days for Amy, Dan, and their three sons, Come with Me is searing, entertaining, and unexpected—a dark comedy that is ultimately both a deeply romantic love story and a vivid tapestry of modern life.

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    This book was entirely not what I expected it to be. Based on the synopsis I expected more in the way of multiverses and the experiences Amy would have as a guinea pig to Donny in his experiment. This...

  • Jessica Woodbury

    At first I was unsure what the balance in this book would be between domestic drama and surreal/science-fiction trappings. It turns out that it is 95% drama and 5% sci-fi, so if you don't read a lot o...

  • Suzanne

    The synopsis of this book, described as exploring parallel lives in multiple universes, sounded so exciting but the reality was much less. I had to interrupt my reading for a few days and was shocked ...

  • Chris Roberts

    Novelists engaged in state of beingand or conscious conflagration, realize they are oxygenated cliches and attempt and fail, to make the reader shed a single, beautiful tear. #poemChris Roberts, God D...

  • Vicky Gottlieb

    Come With Me, Helen Schulman’s sixth novel, is a feat of both craft and storytelling. On the surface it is about a suburban family: the parents, Amy and Dan, are dealing with middle-age ennui, midli...

  • Kimberley

    This book tested my patience. On the one hand, I didn't enter into it with any expectations. Unlike some, I wasn't really sure how much the multiverse aspect would play into the story so I wasn't disa...

  • Sarah Beth

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this novel from HarperCollins.Amy is a frustrated mother of three who works part-time for her college roommate's college-aged son in Palo Alto, California. Her ...

  • Andrew

    I did not overly enjoy Come With me, there are no chapters per se, just indents for changes of character perspective. I am not sure if that is just because I read an advanced copy or that was just the...

  • Linda

    Kind of a disappointing read because I loved her last book but this one was just ok for me. It has an interesting premise but it felt like she was trying to do way too much with it - it almost reads l...

  • kglibrarian

    Set in Silicon Valley and following the lives of Amy Reed, her husband, Dan Messinger, and their three boys, Come With Me is an interesting juxtaposition of many different aspects of existence. Amy, w...