Hey Harry, Hey Matilda | Penguin Random House Canada

Hey Harry, Hey Matilda

A Novel

Publisher: Anchor
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

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Hey Harry,

Today was kind of a wash. I spent fifteen minutes on hold with my bank before I pounded enough 00000000s into the phone to connect me to a real person. I was convinced this fraudulent entity called SBUX on my statement was slowly and erroneously taking money out of my account in $4 and $5 increments. I...
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READING GUIDE

The questions, discussion topics, and suggestions for further reading that follow are designed to enhance your group’s discussion of Hey Harry, A Matilda, an epistolary novel by Rachel Hulin.

1. How did the epistolary structure change the way you read the book? Did you like the flow of emails to...

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PRAISE FOR

“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.”

–Kirkus