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Courtney Maum's "Touch" is a prescient portrayal of what's lacking in a society obsessed with the next best thing for technology. Maybe it's a bed that monitors if we're sleeping alone, or perhaps a sleek, second-skin suit that monitors our every movement.
Sloane, a trend forecaster hired by mega-tech firm Mammoth, must work to discover the next best thing. But what if that turns out to be something that requires zero technology? What if a return to *touch* is the next best thing?
Full of memorable characters, this novel has its finger on the pulse of present-day society. Hashtag #sexisdead. Hashtag #intimateagain.
— Shelly Walston
June 2017 Indie Next List
“Sloane is a strong, independent businesswoman working as a trend forecaster. While at an innovative company, Sloane finds that the very technology that is supposed to connect people to one another is actually tearing them apart. The entire story is both hilarious and slightly terrifying as it tells of a future where we outsource intimacy to strangers and lead very isolated lives. Touch is a warning about what can happen if we become too attached to the technology in our lives and a great reminder to put the phone down and connect with others in person.”
— Kristen Beverly (E), Half Price Books, Dallas, TX
"A warm-hearted tale of a woman reconfiguring her priorities."--O Magazine
NPR, "Best Books of 2017" Belletrist's Book Pick for June The New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice Glamour, "The 6 Juiciest Summer Reads" New York Post, "The 29 Best Books of the Summer" The Huffington Post, "24 Incredible Books You Should Read This Summer" BuzzFeed, "22 Exciting Books You Need to Read This Summer" Refinery29, "The Best Reads of May Are Right Here" Electric Literature, "25 Best Novels of 2017" The Millions, "A Year in Reading"
A heartfelt, hilarious tale of a famous trend forecaster who suddenly finds herself at odds with her own predictions...
Estranged from her family, best friends with her driverless car, partnered with a Frenchman who belives in post-sexual sex, international trend forecaster Sloane Jacobsen is the perfect candidate to lead tech giant Mammoth's conference for affluent consumers who prefer virtual relationships to the real thing. But early in her contract, Sloane starts picking up on cues that physical intimacy is going to make a major comeback, leaving many--Sloane included--to question if her maturing intuitions are as dependable as they once were. And if Sloane goes rogue against her all-powerful employer, will she be able to let in the love and connectedness she's long been denying herself?
A poignant but amusing call to arms that showcases Courtney Maum's signature humor, Touch is a moving investigation into what it means to be an individual in a globalized world.
About the Author
Courtney Maum is the author of the novels Touch and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, and the chapbook "Notes from Mexico." She has been published in outlets such as the New York Times; Tin House; O, The Oprah Magazine; and BuzzFeed; and has worked as a trend forecaster, a fashion publicist, and a party promoter for Corona Extra in the past. She currently works as a makeup shade and product namer from her home in Litchfield County, CT where she founded the interdisciplinary retreat, The Cabins.
Finalist for the Connecticut Book Award
"[A] charming satire."—New York Times Book Review, Paperback Row
"Courtney Maum's exuberant new novel sends up the world of techie consumerism....[Her] writing is easy, eager and colloquial. . . . [She] shines when she writes about creativity, the slow burn and then sudden rush of ideas....Good writing about creativity is rare. Maum captures that fragile, gratifying, urgent process."—New York Times Book Review “Irresistible. . . It’s impressive that Ms. Maum has managed to make a return to old-fashioned family values—and even commonplace acts of physical intimacy—seem daring and subversive. Maybe it will beckon a trend.”—Wall Street Journal “A sharp, poignant take on our digitally dependent lives.”—Marie Claire
"Touch is an interesting take on what life would be like if we just put down our phones and stepped away from the computer. Maum reminds us to not forget about those who are living and breathing right around us. Because a loving hug, tight squeeze, or simple touch is so much more fulfilling than a text."—Associated Press
“Sweet and funny. . . A sharp yet feeling satire, Touch bristles with insights into the longing for warm, messy, inefficient, and imperfect human life buried in our increasingly streamlined, disembodied now.”—Interview
“Maum's takedown of our screen-addicted culture is funny and wise. It's perfect for vacation because it's breezy but not shallow. You can read it in a day and think, That was fun, and I feel better about the world.”—HGTV Magazine
“A satirical but sincere look at our thirst for ‘in-personism.’”—Departures
"Touch is an of the moment satire you should not miss.”—Domino
“Tech forecasting takes center stage in a diverting new novel.”—Time
“[A] sharp, funny satire . . . Maum has a lot of fun poking fun at our tech- and self-obsessed lives, but she also offers a compassionate plea for the importance of family, real human interaction and empathy.”—Miami Herald
“It’s fiction, but you’ll never look at your devices the same.”—Glamour
“Courtney Maum has seen the future. . . . Delightfully strange.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram