"I wanted to tell Dr. Martin everything. Dr. Martin was old enough to be my father. He used product in his hair. Dr. Martin wore jeans that went into the freezer at night, instead of into the washing machine. He wore vegan hand-stitched shoes. I knew they were vegan because I had seen them for sale online. Why did I want to tell Dr. Martin anything?"
What happens when pretending to be someone else on the Internet is no longer enough? VALLETTA78 is a wickedly serious story of online transformation, revealing how virtual exchanges redefine love and suffering in terms otherwise unattainable. For Valletta78, support groups for survivors of tragedies she's never suffered become a regular habit, a spiraling escape from a tedious marriage and a seductive expansion of everything that's possible. Combining first-person confessions with search and chat logs, VALLETTA78 is a mesmerizing mix of dark comedy and fragile truths.
Praise for Erin Fitzgerald
"The complex monsters in which you can see some
aspect of yourself, some piece of the darkness in
your own heart that you cannot face. in VALLETTA78,
Fitzgerald lures us into the underbelly of online
friendships and suburban dreams, persuaded by
fictions, rooting for liars and self-destroyers, and
loving every minute of it. She’ll make you think about
accepting a friend request or taking advice from an
online forum, and most of all, she'll make you think
the next time you hit that send button yourself."
— Tara Laskowski, author of Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons and Bystanders
"This is no cautionary tale. Instead it is a beautifully, tautly written tale of modern life and how the cycle of despair leads us both closer to and farther away from our happiest selves."
— Myfanwy Collins, author of The Book of Laney
Erin Fitzgerald’s debut novella is, first and foremost, an ode to crying out into the techno-void during this early part of the internet age. If it’s possible to sum up the book in just one line, it’d have to be: Valletta78 is the story of people who need people but keep them forever at arm’s length. - Matt Gowen at Necessary Fiction
Erin Fitzgerald is the author of "This Morning Will Be Different," which appeared in Shut Up/Look Pretty (Tiny Hardcore Press, 2012).
Her work has also been published in Hobart, The Rumpus, Salt Hill, PANK, and several anthologies. She lives in western Connecticut, and online at erinfitzgerald.net.
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