“[A] trenchant satirical novel…Maum has such an incisive grasp of where tech and culture meet that she could add sociologist to her resume….A perceptive, thought-provoking read.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“In a work of zealous social critique laced with sexy romantic comedy…Maum’s incisive, charming, and funny novel ebulliently champions the healing powers of touch, the living world, and love in all its crazy risks, surprises, and sustaining radiance.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Our modern world is at once hyper-connected and hyper-alienating, and in this magical/terrible time, Courtney Maum’s latest novel offers us a balm, a solution, a call to action, or, at the very least, time away from our smartphones to read a compelling, perceptive, and moving story about the state of human intimacy and love in our contemporary era. Touch is at once wry and sincere, funny and serious, and you won’t be able to put it down.”—Edan Lepucki, author of California
“What begins as a satirical romp through the fields of trend forecasting and technology in Courtney Maum’s Touch deepens into a trenchant and wise portrait of what it means to be fully human at a time when the culture is trying its hardest to make us only partially so.”—Teddy Wayne, author of Loner and The Love Song of Jonny Valentine
“Touch is so smart that even its comic absurdities quiver with wisdom, as an anti-mom and a neo-sensualist confirm our suspicion that the lives of trendsetters aren’t quite what they appear to be. Maum’s writing is sharp and complex—prepare to be touched by this novel is ways you might not expect.”—Elizabeth McKenzie, National Book Award Finalist and author of The Portable Veblen
“Courtney Maum has somehow written a provocative meditation on human interaction in the technological age and a fun, touching beach read. I can’t wait for it to spark all kinds of unexpected vacation discussions!”—Jade Chang, author of The Wangs vs. the World
“With her impeccable prose and laser-sharp wit, the profligately talented Courtney Maum has delivered a timely and necessary defense of human intimacy. You’ll want to hold it close.”—Henry Alford, author of Would it Kill You to Stop Doing That?