'The Idiot:' A story of first love in college during the '90s

In 1995, email was a relatively new and exciting way to communicate. In Elif Batuman’s first novel, ‘The Idiot,’ it’s through email that a Harvard freshman finds her first love -- and the limits of digital communication. As she navigates her feelings, she stumbles over herself, as we all do on the path to self discovery.

Elif Batuman is author of the novel “The Idiot.” (photo by Beowulf Sheehan)