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Touch
by Courtney Maum


Overview - " A] warm-hearted tale of a woman reconfiguring her priorities."-- O, The Oprah Magazine

NPR, "Best Books of 2017"
Belletrist 's Book Pick for June
New York Times Book Review , Editors' Choice
Glamour , "The 6 Juiciest Summer Reads"
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Refinery 29 , "The Best Reads of May Are Right Here"

A heartfelt, hilarious tale of a famous trend forecaster who suddenly finds herself at odds with her own predictions...and her own heart.  Read more...


 
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Overview
" A] warm-hearted tale of a woman reconfiguring her priorities."--O, The Oprah Magazine

NPR, "Best Books of 2017"
Belletrist's Book Pick for June
New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice
Glamour, "The 6 Juiciest Summer Reads"
New York Post, "The 29 Best Books of the Summer"
Huffington Post, "24 Incredible Books You Should Read This Summer"
Buzzfeed, "22 Exciting Books You Need to Read This Summer"
Refinery 29, "The Best Reads of May Are Right Here"

A heartfelt, hilarious tale of a famous trend forecaster who suddenly finds herself at odds with her own predictions...and her own heart.

Estranged from her family, best friends with her driverless car, partnered with a Frenchman who believes 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 the forty-year-old's intutions 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.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780735212121
  • ISBN-10: 0735212120
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
  • Publish Date: May 2017
  • Page Count: 320
  • Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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BookPage Reviews

Brave new world

There’s no shortage of recent nonfiction works lamenting that our obsession with digital devices could turn our world into one where most human connection is a distant memory. For all the science proferred to support that thesis, leave it to a work of fiction—Courtney Maum’s razor-sharp Touch—to bring this vexing issue into focus with compassion and wit.

Sloane Jacobsen is a brilliant trend forecaster who’s been hired by consumer electronics company Mammoth (think Apple meets Amazon) to help develop a line of products aimed at childless couples. Instead of stimulating Sloane’s predictive gift, that assignment brings to light the state of her rapidly cooling domestic relationship with Roman Bellard, a self-styled public intellectual who’s taken to wearing a bizarre full-body outfit that makes Sloane think of him as a “Lycra-suited zombie.” It doesn’t help that Sloane’s vision of a world in which “touch could come back to people’s lives” clashes with Roman’s enthusiasm for a virtual “post-sexual world,” a pronouncement that goes viral with the publication of a New York Times op-ed.

Maum deftly manipulates this tantalizing setup to raise provocative questions about why so many of us seem to be happier tapping and swiping than we are in encounters with real human beings and what it might take to change that behavior. It’s premature to predict whether our world will evolve toward more intimate interactions or greater absorption with our ever more sophisticated smart phones and tablets. Whatever may happen, Touch provides an entertaining frame for what will continue to be a lively debate.

This article was originally published in the June 2017 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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