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The Arc

(2022)
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"A thoroughly modern love story with an old-fashioned heart."
––Vogue
"Sure to satisfy fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid and Sally Rooney."
––E! Online
"Funny and modern, The Arc is like a rom-com’s cooler big sister."
––Real Simple

Can you curate your soulmate? Thirty-five-year-old Ursula Byrne, VP of Strategic Audacity at a branding agency in Manhattan, is successful, witty, whip-smart, and single. She’s tried all the dating apps, and let’s just say: she’s underwhelmed by her options. You’d think that by now someone would have come up with something more bespoke; a way for users to be more tailored about who and what they want in a life partner––how hard could that be?

Enter The Arc: a highly secretive, super-sophisticated matchmaking service that uses a complex series of emotional, psychological and physiological assessments to architect partnerships that will go the distance. The price tag is high, the promise ambitious––a level of lifelong compatibility that would otherwise be unattainable. In other words, The Arc will find your ideal mate.

Ursula is paired with forty-two-year-old lawyer Rafael Banks. From moment one, this feels like the electric, lasting love they’ve each been seeking their whole adult lives. But as their relationship unfolds in unanticipated ways, the two begin to realize that true love is never a sure thing. And the arc of a relationship is never predictable...even when it's fully optimized.




Genre: Romance

Praise for this book

"You don't expect a razor-sharp satire to satisfy so deeply on an emotional level, but The Arc does that and more: Hoen brings humor, wit and brutal honesty to start-up culture, relationships and human frailty in this riveting debut." - Alexandra Andrews

"Whether she's skewering mediocre start-up bros or the absurdities of twenty-first century 'self-care,' there's nothing about the way we live now that escapes Hoen's gaze. A hilarious and thoughtful exploration of love in a culture obsessed with optimization, The Arc is a dazzling debut." - Grant Ginder

"The Arc is an incisive, inventive, probing portrait of a modern relationship featuring remarkably well-drawn characters that readers will champion and adore. Hoen's clever, original debut is as hilarious as it is heartwarming." - Carola Lovering

"A zeitgeisty and hopeful page-turner that proves neither algorithms nor big data can keep the heart from wanting what it wants." - Courtney Maum


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