In Real Life

By Chris Killen

Still neighbors a decade on? What are the probabilities? A hilarious, heart-breaking, and decade-spanning portrait of a generation.

For some time, Ian, Lauren, and Paul shared a similar pals, an analogous collage, an analogous desires, and a similar capability. Ten years on they're worlds aside. name facilities, charity retailers, and bedrooms that scent like cabbage have been by no means a part of the plan. the true international does not glance really like every of them imagined. but if Lauren, in a second of nostalgia, cracks open a long-forgotten Hotmail account, she comes nose to nose with the folks those 3 buddies was once. for 2 of them it's going to suggest a brand new starting to an previous love story.Hilarious and heartbreaking, In actual Life paints a searingly sincere portrait of a iteration and captures an international the place human connection is simpler than ever sooner than yet the place relationships stay simply as tricky.

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