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"Sloane Jacobsen is the most powerful trend forecaster in the world (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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
ISBN: 9780735212121
Branch Call Number: F MAUM-C
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 04, 2019

I tried to read this book on the basis of glowing reviews...and hated it. I guess it's supposed to be a satire of people who are more connected to their devices than to other people, but I found the premise too obvious and trite. Also, actual, real- life grown ups aren't that dumb.
I found myself thinking of Tom Wolfe. When he satirizes, you know it's satire and it's funny and the story rips along. This book plodded. The tedious descriptions of meetings about..what, exactly? The endless series of pretentious names: Sloane, Daxter, Anastasia, Roman--in real life there are lots of Marys and Johns. The colorless heroine, about whom I could not care in the least. Then there was the author's misconception that self-driving cars are actually driverless.
About a third of the way in, I gave up. I didn't need to read any further to know what would happen anyway. Spoiler alert: heroine will ditch her stupid boyfriend in favor of the sexy art director--what was his pretentious name again? I've already forgotten.

Mar 15, 2019

A provocative look at our hyper-connected world.

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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