#Giveaway: TOUCH by Courtney Maum #PRHPartner

TOUCH by Courtney Maum
On Sale May 30, 2017 | G. P. Putnam’s Sons | Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-735-21212-1| Price: $26.00 

"Sweet and funny. . . A sharp yet feeling satireTouch bristles with insights into the longing for warm, messy, inefficient, and imperfect human life buried in our increasingly streamlined, disembodied now."Interview

"A satirical but sincere look at our thirst for 'in-personism.”—Departures

”[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 WeeklyStarred Review

“With a weirdly nurturing driverless car, a family emergency, a sexy art director, and wrenching and hilarious confrontations and meltdowns, 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

"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

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Sloane Jacobsen is a leading trend forecaster. Fashion, lifestyle, tech, and other global companies pay to hear her opinions on the future of everything from clothes to gadgets, food and families. But not far into her current contract with the tech-giant Mammoth, she finds herself wanting to overturn her own predications. Sloane begins to sense a growing movement against electronics that will see people embracing compassion, empathy, and "in-personism" again. While hopelessly out of sync with her employer's mission (and her partner’s opinion), Sloane becomes convinced that her instincts are the right ones, and goes on a quest to bring humanism and compassion to others, while finally allowing the love and connectedness she's long been denying herself. TOUCH is a poignant reminder to keep our heads up and our hearts open in our modern lives – and is a thoughtful, of-the-moment exploration of real-life concerns that explores prescient issues of technology, family, and artificial intelligence with Courtney Maum’s signature biting wit and keen eye.

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.

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Courtney maum on tour for touch
Washington, DC – East City Bookshop, in-conversation with Jennifer Close, author of The Hopefuls – Tuesday, 5/30 at 6:30 PM
Houston, TX – Brazos Bookstore, in-conversation with Alyson Ward, Books Editor at The Houston Chronicle – Wednesday, 5/31 at 7 PM
Wichita, KS – Watermark Books & Cafe – Thursday, 6/1 at 6 PM
Saint Paul, MN – SubText Books – Friday, 6/2 at 7 PM
Corte Madera, CA – Book Passage –Saturday, 6/3 at 7:00 PM
Oakland, CA – DIESEL, A Bookstore – Sunday, 6/4 at 3 PM
Seattle, WA – Elliott Bay Book Company – Monday, 6/5 at 12:00 PM
Portland, OR – Powell’s City of Books, in-conversation with Samantha Hess, professional cuddler – Monday, 6/5 at 7:30 PM
Ann Arbor, MI – Literati Bookstore, in-conversation with Callie Collins, Co-Director of A Strange Object independent press – Tuesday, 6/6 at 7:00 PM
New York, NY – Summer Reads Panel at the Bryant Park Reading Room – Wednesday, 6/7 at 12:30 PM
Brooklyn, NY – WORD at Villain, panel discussion – Wednesday, 6/7 at 7:00 PM
Madison, CT – R.J. Julia Booksellers, joint event with Julia Fierro, author of The Gypsy Moth Summer – Thursday, 6/8 at 7:00 PM
Chattanooga, TN – Starline Books – Friday, 6/9 at 6:00 PM
Norfolk, CT – The Norfolk Library with Oblong Books, in-conversation with Jane Larkworthy, beauty expert – Sunday, 6/18 at 2:00 PM

I'm partnering with Putnam Books to give away a copy of TOUCH. I have one copy to give away to a lucky reader. This is open to US addresses only. You must be at least 13 years old to enter. Please read the entire giveaway rules before you enter.


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