Touch is the perfect smart summer book. Sloane Jacobson is a trend forecaster hired by Mammoth, a huge tech company, to organize a three day summit celebrating child free and possibly touch free lifestyles. Early on in her tenure with Mammoth Sloane’s forecasting vibes begin to take her and her predictions in the opposite direction of a device focused lifestyle, back to human to human interaction and person to person touch. One can predict how well this will go over with a technology giant, or her boyfriend Roman, who is making a name for himself as the prophet of a post-sexual world. Maum’s satirical novel is at once very entertaining and unquestionably thought provoking. -- Cathy Langer, lead buyer— Cathy Langer
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
"Courtney Maum's exuberant new novel sends up the world of techie consumerism." --New York Times Book Review 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" From the author of the acclaimed I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, a satirical and moving novel in the spirit of Maria Semple and Jess Walter about a New York City trend forecaster who finds herself wanting to overturn her own predictions, move away from technology, and reclaim her heart. Sloane Jacobsen is one of the world's most powerful trend forecasters (she was the foreseer of "the swipe"), and global fashion, lifestyle, and tech companies pay to hear her opinions about the future. Her recent forecasts on the family are unwavering: the world is over-populated, and with unemployment, college costs, and food prices all on the rise, having children is an extravagant indulgence. So it's no surprise when the tech giant Mammoth hires Sloane to lead their groundbreaking annual conference, celebrating the voluntarily childless. But not far into her contract, Sloane begins to sense the undeniable signs of a movement against electronics that will see people embracing compassion, empathy, and "in-personism" again. She's struggling with the fact that her predictions are hopelessly out of sync with her employer's mission and that her closest personal relationship is with her self-driving car when her partner, the French "neo-sensualist" Roman Bellard, reveals that he is about to publish an op-ed on the death of penetrative sex--a post-sexual treatise that instantly goes viral. Despite the risks to her professional reputation, Sloane is nevertheless convinced that her instincts are the right ones, and goes on a quest to defend real life human interaction, while finally allowing in the love and connectedness she's long been denying herself. A poignant and amusing call to arms that showcases her signature biting wit and keen eye, celebrated novelist Courtney Maum's new book 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 novel I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You and the chapbook "Notes from Mexico." Her short fiction, book reviews, and essays on the writing life have been widely published in outlets such as The New York Times, Tin House, Electric Literature, and Buzzfeed, and she has co-written films that have debuted at Sundance and won awards at Cannes. At various points in her life, she has been a trend forecaster, a fashion publicist, and a party promoter for Corona Extra. She currently works as a product namer for M-A-C cosmetics from her home in Litchfield County, CT.