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Touch

  • Hardcover $26.00

    May 30, 2017 | 320 Pages

  • Ebook $12.99

    May 30, 2017 | 320 Pages

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“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
 
“Tech forecasting takes center stage in a diverting new novel.”—Time

“A sharp, poignant take on our digitally dependent lives.”—Marie Claire

“A hilarious workplace send-up and warm-hearted tale of a woman reconfiguring her priorities.”—Magazine

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

“[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

“Courtney Maum has seen the future. . . . Delightfully strange.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“At the heart of Maum’s smart, playful, satirical novel is the clash between technology and human interaction. . . . As she demonstrated so well in her previous novel, [Maum] brings astute social observations to relationships, whether workplace or romantic.”—The National Book Review

Touch 
is a compelling argument that we should embrace the physical world, genuine human connections, and reject the technology that comes between us and other people.”—The Rumpus

“Touch
is moving, satirical, and real — a little too real at times.”—Hello Giggles

“Sharp, witty, and provocative, Touch will make you think twice about your reliance on the digital world.”—Buzzfeed, “22 Exciting Books You Need to Read This Summer”

“A warm, smart, funny novel that’s bound to create conversation amongst readers.”—The Millions

“Leave it to a work of fiction—Courtney Maum’s razor-sharp Touch—to bring this vexing issue into focus with compassion and wit. . . Maum deftly manipulates [her] tantalizing setup…an entertaining frame for what will continue to be a lively debate.”—BookPage

“One of those rare novels that approaches Big Ideas as well as it does ‘smaller,’ interpersonal ones...Touch is an immersive novel, one that carries readers along on Sloane’s difficult and sometimes painful personal journey while also encouraging them to consider their own relationship with the people and devices in their lives.”—Bookreporter.com

“Maum perfectly captures the zeitgeist of our era as technology battles with humanity. Her thought-provoking, humorous book will inspire readers to forgo the electronics and get back to basics as simple as human touch.”—Library Journal

“[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)

“A funny, smart, absurdist, and often touching read.”—Brown Alumni Magazine

“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?

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