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The Word Exchange

(2014)
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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.
In the not so distant future, the forecasted "death of print" has become a reality. Bookstores, libraries, newspapers and magazines are a thing of the past, as we spend our time glued to handheld devices called Memes that not only keep us in constant communication, but have become so intuitive as to hail us cabs before we leave our offices, order take out 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 final 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 video-conference) to communicate--or even actually spoke to one antoher for that matter. One evening, Doug disappears from the NADEL offices leaving a single writen clue: ALICE. It's a code word he and Anana devised to signal if one of them ever fell into harm's way. And thus begins Anana's journey down the proverbial rabbit hole. . .
Joined by Bart, her bookish NADEL colleague (who is secretly in love with her), Anana's search for Doug will take her into dark basement incinerator rooms, underground passages of the Mercantile Library, secret meetings of the anonymous "Diachronic Society," the boardrooms of the evil online retailing site Synchronic, and ultimately to the hallowed halls of the Oxford English Dictionary--the spiritual home of the written word. As Ana pieces togehter what is going on, and Bart gets sicker and sicker with the strange "Word flu" that has spread worldwide causing people to speak in gibberish, Alena Graedon crafts a fresh, cautionary tale that is at once a technological thriller, and a throughtful meditation on the price of technology and the unforeseen, though very real, dangers of the digital age.

 
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Hardback Editions

May 2014 : UK Hardback
Title: The Word Exchange
Author(s): Alena Graedon
ISBN: 0-297-86975-2 / 978-0-297-86975-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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April 2014 : USA Hardback
Title: The Word Exchange
Author(s): Alena Graedon
ISBN: 0-385-68013-9 / 978-0-385-68013-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bond Street Books
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April 2014 : USA Hardback
Title: The Word Exchange: A Novel
Author(s): Alena Graedon
ISBN: 0-385-53765-4 / 978-0-385-53765-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

June 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: The Word Exchange
Author(s): Alena Graedon
ISBN: 1-78022-562-8 / 978-1-78022-562-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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February 2015 : USA Paperback
Title: The Word Exchange
Author(s): Alena Graedon
ISBN: 0-345-80603-4 / 978-0-345-80603-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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April 2014 : UK Paperback
Title: The Word Exchange
Author(s): Alena Graedon
ISBN: 0-297-86976-0 / 978-0-297-86976-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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Audio Editions

May 2014 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Word Exchange
Author(s): Alena Graedon
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
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May 2014 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Word Exchange
Author(s): Alena Graedon
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
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April 2014 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Word Exchange
Author(s): Alena Graedon
ISBN: 1-4829-6903-3 / 978-1-4829-6903-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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April 2014 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Word Exchange: A Novel
Author(s): Alena Graedon
ISBN: 1-4829-6905-X / 978-1-4829-6905-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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April 2014 : USA MP3 CD
Title: The Word Exchange
Author(s): Alena Graedon
ISBN: 1-4829-6904-1 / 978-1-4829-6904-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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April 2014 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Word Exchange: A Novel
Author(s): Alena Graedon
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

April 2014 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Word Exchange
Author(s): Alena Graedon
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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April 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Word Exchange
Author(s): Alena Graedon
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
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April 2014 : USA Kindle edition
Title: The Word Exchange: A Novel
Author(s): Alena Graedon
Publisher: Anchor
Availability: Amazon   



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