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The dazzling new novel by the author of the exceptionally acclaimed I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You is a timely and satirical but also moving story about a leading trend forecaster who suddenly finds herself in the position of wanting to overturn her own predictions.
Sloane Jacobsen is one of the world’s most powerful trend forecasters. Fashion, lifestyle, tech, and other global companies pay to hear her opinions on the future of everything from clothes to gadgets, food and families. Sloane’s recent forecasts on the family are definitive and unwavering: the world is over-populated, and with unemployment, college costs, and food prices all on the rise, having children is unnecessary.
But not far into her current contract with the tech-giant Mammoth, Sloane begins to sense the undeniable signs of a movement against electronics that will see people embracing compassion, empathy, and “in-personism” again. She is struggling with the fact that her predictions are hopelessly out of sync with her employer’s mission 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. Still, Sloane becomes convinced that her instincts are the right ones, and goes on a quest to bring compassion and humanism to others, while finally allowing 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, acclaimed novelist Courtney Maum’s new novel is a moving investigation into what it means to be an individual in a globalized world.
Publish Date: 05/30/2017
ISBN: 9780735212121, 0735212120