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“The Year is 1995 and email is new...” reads the first line of the pub­lisher’s de­scrip­tion of Elif Ba­tu­man’s semi­au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal novel THE ID­IOT. The main char­ac­ter, Selin, is an 18-yearold Har­vard stu­dent try­ing to sort out her shit while nav­i­gat­ing a con­fus­ing email re­la­tion­ship with her older Hun­gar­ian crush, whom she met in Rus­sian class. Gen­er­a­tion Xers will feel a pang of nos­tal­gia as they fol­low Selin mak­ing new friends, fall­ing for a boy and wind­ing up Europe-bound for the sum­mer, all while toil­ing with the pos­si­bil­i­ties, frus­tra­tions and guar­an­teed over­an­a­lyz­ing in­her­ent to on­line re­la­tion­ships.

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