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
"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... and her own heart. 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 things. 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 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.