A Novel

Book - 2017
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"[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"
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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.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780735212121
Branch Call Number: FIC Maum
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 18, 2017

I enjoyed this messy satire, especially the strands of the story describing Sloane at work.

Oct 02, 2017

Touch is a novel about the conflict between technology and relationships. On one hand, it can be argued that technology has made the world smaller, brought us closer together .... however, it also cannot be denied that technology has also allowed society to isolate our individual selves (need clothing - shop online; want pizza - order online; looking for companionship - virtual reality porn is about to be a very real thing). Touch hypothesizes that while we have reveled in what technology can do for us, we will soon be rejecting this way of life and returning to a 'low-fi', less tech enabled life style. Interesting and thought provoking, Touch will at times feel uncomfortable with how close to home it hits, but is worth every minute of it.

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