“What begins as a satirical romp through the fields of trend forecasting and technology in Courtney Maum’s Touch deepens into a trenchant and wise portrait of what it means to be fully human at a time when the culture is trying its hardest to make us only partially so.” –Teddy Wayne, author of LONER and THE LOVE SONG OF JOHNNY VALENTINE


Sloane Jacobsen is the most powerful trend forecaster in the world, and her recent forecasts are unwavering: the world is overpopulated, and having children is an extravagant indulgence.

So it’s no surprise when the tech giant Mammoth hires the woman who predicted “the swipe” to lead their groundbreaking annual conference celebrating the voluntarily childless and their growing reliance on technology. But soon Sloane begins to sense the undeniable signs of a movement against smart devices that will see people embracing compassion, empathy, and “in-personism” again. She’s worried 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 French “neo-sensualist” partner publishes an op-ed on the death of penetrative sex—which 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.