• Wrong Way

    by Joanne McNeil
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    Wrong Way

Joanne McNeil at Harvard Book Store


Wrong Way:
A Novel

in conversation with JULIANA CASTRO VARÓN


November 27, 2023
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning writer JOANNE MCNEIL—author of Lurking: How a Person Became a User—for a discussion of her debut novel Wrong Way. She will be joined in conversation by JULIANA CASTRO VARÓN—author of Papel Sensible.

About Wrong Way

For years, Teresa has meandered from one job to the next, settling into long stretches of time, unable to move ahead in any field or career, the dreaded move from one gig to another starting to feel unbearable. When a recruiter connects her with a contract position at AllOver, it appears to check all her prerequisites for a “good” job. It’s a fintech corporation with progressive hiring policies and a social justice-minded mission statement. Their new service for premium members: a functional fleet of driverless cars. The future of transportation. As her new-hire orientation reveals, the distance between AllOver’s claims and its actions is wide, but the lure of financial stability and a flexible schedule is enough to keep Teresa driving forward.

Joanne McNeil, who often reports on how the human experience intersects with tech, brings all of her compassion and criticism about labor and technology to Wrong Way. In this thought-provoking, fresh, and humane novel, she captures the existential perils imposed by a nonstop, full-service gig economy, and exposes the toll of corporate calculations on the human spirit.

Praise for Joanne McNeil's Lurking

“A long-overdue people’s history of the internet. Joanne McNeil retells our last three decades online from the perspective of those who actually made it worthwhile—us.” —Claire L. Evans, author of Broad Band

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Joanne McNeil
Joanne McNeil

Joanne McNeil

Joanne McNeil is the author of Lurking: How a Person Became a User. She was the inaugural winner of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation’s Arts Writing Award for an emerging writer. She has been a resident at Eyebeam, a Logan Nonfiction Program fellow, and an instructor at the School for Poetic Computation. She lives in Boston.

Photo credit: Lizzy Johnston

Juliana Castro Varón
Juliana Castro Varón

Juliana Castro Varón

Juliana Castro Varón is a designer, writer and Founder of the open access library Cita Press. Juliana has received fellowships and grants from Fulbright, Mellon Foundation, and Harvard. She’s currently an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Juliana’s the author of the essay collection Papel Sensible.

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