Ian McEwan with Helen Thorpe - Machines Like Me

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Can a Machine Can Understand the Human Heart? A Fiction Book Talk & Signing

Ian McEwan is the Booker Prize winning and international bestselling author of Atonement and The Children Act, along with many other books. He will discuss and sign Machines Like Me ($26.95 Nan A. Talese). In his subversive new novel, McEwan asks whether a machine can understand the human heart--or whether we are the ones who lack understanding.

In an alternative 1980s London, Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When he comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first synthetic humans and--with Miranda's help--he designs Adam's personality. The near-perfect human that emerges is beautiful, strong, and clever. It isn't long before a love triangle soon forms, and these three beings confront a profound moral dilemma. 

McEwan will be in conversation with Helen Thorpe. Thorpe's journalism has appeared in The New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerSlateHarper’s Bazaar, and more. She is the author of Just Like UsSoldier Girls, and The Newcomers.


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Event date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
New Hope Baptist Church
3701 Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80205
Machines Like Me: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385545112
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nan A. Talese - April 23rd, 2019