A WIRED Pick for the 7 Books You Need to Read This Winter and one of Vox's 11 Titles Not to MissFrom the incomparable New York Times and New Yorker illustrator Tamara Shopsin comes a debut novel about a New York City printer repair technician who grows up alongside the Apple computer--featuring original designs by the author.
LaserWriter II is a coming-of-age tale set in the legendary nineties indie Mac repair shop Tekserve--a voyage back in time to when the internet was new, when New York City was gritty, and when Apple made offbeat computers for weirdos. Our guide is Claire, a nineteen-year-old who barely speaks to her bohemian coworkers but knows when it's time to snap on an antistatic bracelet. Interweaving the history of digital technology with a tale both touchingly human and delightfully technical, Shopsin brings an idiosyncratic cast of characters to life with a light touch, a sharp eye, and an unmistakable voice. Filled with pixelated philosophy and lots of printers, LaserWriter II is, at its heart, a parable about an apple.