Come with Me by Helen Schulman

Come with Me

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 ...

Details Come with Me

TitleCome with Me
Release DateNov 27th, 2018
GenreFiction, Science Fiction, Contemporary, Did Not Finish

Reviews Come with Me

  • 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 has been a subject that has always fascinated me. How many different lives could you be living - what if you had made different decisions... what would your life be like now? While this book did touch on that, I felt it was not the focus at all duri...
  • 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 of sci-fi you have nothing to worry about. And like the best sci-fi, that part of the plot is really just a chance to consider our characters in more depth. And while the startup-Silicon-Valley setting also plays an important role in the story, it's n...
  • 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 to realize that I had not retained any details about the story. The characters and plot just did not engage me. The sci fi aspect could just as easily be described as mildly hallucinatory experiences with pot in a sensory deprivation chamber. But, wh...
  • 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, midlife unemployment, and marital resentments, their adolescent son Jack is navigating long distance love and hometown friendships, and Theo and Miles are much younger, behaviorally-challenged twins. Each of these main players has their own narrative alon...
  • 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 boss Donny is exploring ways to allow people to access paths their lives might have taken had they made different choices through a type of virtual reality technology and is using Amy as his test subject. Meanwhile, Amy's husband Dan is an unemployed...
  • 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 style, but I found it led to some of the confusion I had whilst reading. Also, at times it was difficult to always at first distinguish a change in characters because of the first person view and there being some who were only featured briefly.The p...
  • 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 disappointed when it took a backseat to the marital discord of Amy and Dan. However, there was also a lot here that felt like too much information for the sake of filling pages.I didn't need a play-by-play of all the ways in which a marriage can fall to ...
  • 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, who works for a startup tech company, is asked to be the first to test a new technology that allows people to view the different paths their lives may have taken. The scenes where she experiences this fascinating virtual reality are compelling, but ha...
  • Cari
    I really enjoyed this one - finishing in the nick of time for pub date tomorrow! Schulman is an amazing writer, and I keep thinking about the novel's themes of duality and the road not taken - all the characters danced in and out of those spaces. The unconventional plot, with a lot of point-of-view shifting, may not appeal to every reader. But this would make a great book discussion - so many layers to peel away.
  • Ann
    I think the fact that I know practically nothing about virtual reality shaped my opinion of this book. Amy seemed like an okay lady who worked hard to keep her family happy and safe. Her husband Dan was sort of an afterthought throughout the book. Amy works for a startup tech company is basically a test subject for their software that shows you what your life could have been with different decisions. Not a fan. I received a copy of this ARC in ex...
  • Elizabeth Dultz
    Disclaimer: won in a Goodreads giveaway.Beautiful. Each plot point was unpredictable yet poignant and fitting. The characters were beautifully developed, despite the difference in ‘screen time.’ Completely unexpectedly, I found myself crying at the end—more connected to the characters than I’d realized, and more invested in their choices.
  • Andrienne
    I was interested in the multiverse aspect for the “guinea pig” Amy, alas it takes a back seat to more pressing matters in this domestic drama. There are plenty of unlikeable characters and a few loose ends. I was quite interested in how the title came to be and it was satisfactory. Thanks to the publisher for this advance reading copy.
  • Susan
    Amy Ryan is a housewife who fears her husband is having an affair and who struggles in dealing with her children's misbehavior. Her only escape is going out running. During her runs she can imagine a different life for herself, a life where she is free from what she sees as the limitations on her life. Then she gets a job in Silicon Valley with the son of a friend. He has developed an algorithm that allows users to access their multiverses. When ...