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The Word Exchange

A Novel

By Alena Graedon

A dystopian novel for the digital age, The Word Exchange offers an inventive, suspenseful, and decidedly original vision of the dangers of technology and of the enduring power of the printed word.

 
In the not-so-distant future, the forecasted “death of print” has become a reality. Bookstores, libraries, newspapers, and magazines are things of the past, and we spend our time glued to handheld devices called Memes that not only keep us in constant communication but also have become so intuitive that they hail us cabs before we leave our offices, order takeout at the first growl of a hungry stomach, and even create and sell language itself in a marketplace called the Word Exchange.
     Anana Johnson works with her father, Doug, at the North American Dictionary of the English Language (NADEL), where Doug is hard at work on the last edition that will ever be printed. Doug is a staunchly anti-Meme, anti-tech intellectual who fondly remembers the days when people used email (everything now is text or videoconference) to communicate—or even actually spoke to one another, for that matter. One evening, Doug disappears from the NADEL offices, leaving a single written clue: ALICE. It’s a code word he devised to signal if he ever fell into harm’s way. And thus begins Anana’s journey down the proverbial rabbit hole . . .
     Joined by Bart, her bookish NADEL colleague, Anana’s search for Doug will take her into dark  basements and subterranean passageways; the stacks and reading rooms of the Mercantile Library; and secret meetings of the underground resistance, the Diachronic Society. As Anana penetrates the mystery of her father’s disappearance and a pandemic of decaying language called “word flu” spreads, The Word Exchange becomes a cautionary tale that is at once a technological thriller and a meditation on the high cultural costs of digital technology.




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Format

Book

Availability

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  • F Graedon, Fiction

Publish Date

2014

ISBN

9780385537650


Format: Book
Author: Graedon, Alena
Summary: "A fiendishly clever dystopian novel for the digital age, The Word Exchange is a fresh, stylized, and decidedly original debut about the dangers of technology and the power of the printed word"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: The word exchange : a novel / Alena Graedon.
Publisher Date: New York : Doubleday, [2014]
Subject: Young women -- Fiction. Missing persons -- Fiction. Technology -- Fiction. Transmission of texts -- Fiction. FICTION / Technological. FICTION / Literary.
Isbn: 9780385537650 (hardback)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 2
System Items Total: 4
Call Number: F Graedon
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Bib Id: 508700

Format: Book
Author: Graedon, Alena.
Summary: "A fiendishly clever dystopian novel for the digital age, The Word Exchange is a fresh, stylized, and decidedly original debut about the dangers of technology and the power of the printed word"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: The word exchange : a novel / Alena Graedon.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Doubleday, [2014]
Description: 370 pages ; 25 cm
Subjects: Young women -- Fiction.
Subjects: Missing persons -- Fiction.
Subjects: Technology -- Fiction.
Subjects: Transmission of texts -- Fiction.
Subjects: FICTION / Technological.
Subjects: FICTION / Literary.
Genre: Dystopias.
LCCN: 2013033165
ISBN: 9780385537650 (hardback)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 4
Call Number: F Graedon