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Meet Evelyn and Godfrey. Evelyn is breaking up with her boyfriend, who is passing out advertisements for his band on a snowy street corner in Baltimore. She’s seen their dismal future together at Dr. Chin’s office—she and her boyfriend, both many years older, singing “Happy Birthday” to a Chihuahua and arguing about cheese. She hopes for more. Meanwhile, Godfrey is proposing to his girlfriend, Madge, who’s not quite willing to take that leap; she wants to see their future together first—just to be sure they’re meant for each other.

The Future for Curious People follows Evelyn and Godfrey’s soon-to-be-entwined lives, set in motion by the fabulist premise of a world with envisionists like Dr. Chin. As the characters struggle with their pasts and possible futures, they wrestle with sorrow, love, death, and fate.

A novel that will capture you with its wit, its hopefulness, its anxious twists and turns, this love story is ultimately about finding happiness and accepting our fleeting existence.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Offbeat…[The Future for Curious People] ponders life’s complexity with wide-eyed, youthful earnestness.”

    Washington Post

  • “Intriguing…Sherl offers some beautiful moments, both in the visions and in exchanges between Godfrey and Evelyn.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The novel has the feel of an indie rom-com…[and] reveals some absurd truths about relationships in a society fully geared toward self-improvement and couples therapy…Entertaining.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “[Sherl’s novel] plays with our idea of true love, remixing it and even slightly mocking it but always with a nostalgia that makes the story more sweet than sour. It gently reminds us that knowing the future isn’t the answer but never judges us for wishing we knew more. Is destiny real? Do soul mates exist? The Future for Curious People toys with these questions without drawing crystal-clear conclusions. In that way, it’s a lot like love itself.”


  • “Somewhere between Jorge Luis Borges’ ‘The Garden of Forking Paths’ and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, you will find Gregory Sherl’s warm, intelligent debut novel.”

    Roxane Gay, author of An Untamed State

  • “Comic and exuberant…A fine and tender tale for anyone who has tried to let go of the past and envision the future while falling in love.”

    Rhonda Riley, author of The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope

  • “A love story about love stories…The pages burst with laugh-out-loud scenes and crisply original set-ups. I loved it!”

    Lydia Netzer, author of Shine Shine Shine

  • “Narrators Heather Corrigan and Justin Torres give fine performances as they create distinct voices for Evelyn, a young librarian; Dr. Chin, an “envisionist”—a practitioner who can see the future; and Godfrey, one of his clients. Corrigan has fun portraying the smart and quirky Evelyn, who is always finding quotes to suit any occasion. Torres takes a low-key yet engaging approach to the character of Godfrey, who has serious doubts about his fiancée, Madge, and their future life together, as well as the process of peering into their romantic future. All of Sherl’s characters are charming and wise, as well as likable, and the novel’s lively pacing suits its exuberant tone. Listeners will enjoy both the humor and the seamless narration.”


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About the Author

Gregory Sherl is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Monogamy Songs and The Oregon Trail is the Oregon Trail, which was shortlisted for the Believer Poetry Award. He is a Grisham fellow at the University of Mississippi.