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Selected praise for TOUCH 2017

“Exuberant...Maum’s writing is easy, eager and colloquial, as oxygenated as ad copy." - New York Times Book Review

“Irresistible. . . It’s impressive that Ms. Maum has managed to make a return to old-fashioned family values—and even commonplace acts of physical intimacy—seem daring and subversive. Maybe it will beckon a trend.” -The Wall Street Journal

"TOUCH is an interesting take on what life would be like if we just put down our phones and stepped away from the computer. Maum reminds us to not forget about those who are living and breathing right around us. Because a loving hug, tight squeeze, or simple touch is so much more fulfilling than a text." - Washington Post

"You'll never look at your devices the same way again." -Glamour, "Juicy Summer Reads" roundup

At the heart of Maum’s smart, playful, satirical novel is the clash between technology and human interaction. . . As she demonstrated so well in her previous novel, [Maum] brings astute social observations to relationships, whether workplace or romantic.” - National Book Review, "5 Hot Books" Roundup

"Maum has a lot of fun poking fun at our tech- and self-obsessed lives, but she also offers a compassionate plea for the importance of family, real human interaction and empathy." -The Miami Herald, 10 Best Books of Summer

"Sharp, witty, and provocative." -Buzzfeed, 22 Exciting New Books You Need to Read This Summer

"Maum’s writing is pensively observant, and shines a spotlight on many alarming current trends that the masses have become numb to." - Norfolk Now

"A satirical novel [that] predicts a win for Luddites. . . [TOUCH is] a hilarious workplace send-up and warm-hearted tale of a woman reconfiguring her priorities.” -O, The Oprah Magazine (May)

"Maum ultimately paints us a picture of the near future that we find desirable but difficult to articulate. Touch is a compelling argument that we should embrace the physical world, genuine human connections, and reject the technology that comes between us and other people." - The Rumpus

"One of those rare novels that approaches Big Ideas as well as it does ‘smaller,’ interpersonal ones. . . TOUCH is an immersive novel, one that carries readers along on Sloane’s difficult and sometimes painful personal journey while also encouraging them to consider their own relationship with the people and devices in their lives.” - Book Reporter

"A social commentary on our reliance on devices, TOUCH is exactly the book the world needs right now." - Summer round up, Bikini.com

"TOUCH is an immersive novel, one that carries readers along on Sloane’s difficult and sometimes painful personal journey while also encouraging them to consider their own relationship with the people and devices in their lives. It’s worth mentioning that the book can also be very funny --- walking the line between satire and realism, and introducing readers to one of the most charismatic automobiles since KITT from “Knight Rider.” - 20SomethingReads

"This is what Touch is about—how we’re moving further and further from each other, yet all we truly seek is intimacy, for someone else to know and understand us deeply, our true selves, not our avatars, or our feeds, or our digital presence." -Volume 1 Brooklyn and Pank

."..Leave it to a work of fiction—Courtney Maum’s razor-sharp Touch—to bring this vexing issue into focus with compassion and wit. . . Maum deftly manipulates [her] tantalizing setup to raise provocative questions about why so many of us seem to be happier tapping and swiping than we are in encounters with real human beings and what it might take to change that behavior. . . Whatever may happen, Touch provides an entertaining frame for what will continue to be a lively debate.” -BookPage, May

"Maum's takedown of our screen-addicted culture is funny and wise. It's perfect for vacation because it's breezy but not shallow. You can read it in a day and think, That was fun, and I feel better about the world.” -O Magazine's Leigh Haber for HGTV Magazine, May

"...but when Sloane starts to realize that perhaps her forecasting on the subject of human empathy isn't tracking to real life, she has to come to a reckoning: Does she go with the data — that people are increasingly isolated? Or does she go with her gut — and her heart?" Best Books of Summer, Refinery 29

"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, May

"Have we come to the end of penetrative sex? Is non-breeding the next big thing? Courtney Maum tackles these and other taboo questions in her provocative new page-turner. ...sweet and sexy fun." -Jason from Book Shop Santa Cruz

"A satirical but sincere look at our thirst for 'in-personism.'" -Departures Magazine, Spring Reading List, May

"...A sharp yet feeling satire, Touch bristles with insights into the longing for warm, messy, inefficient, and imperfect human life buried in our increasingly streamlined, disembodied now." -Interview Magazine, April 25

"...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, April 17

"Maum...has such a incisive grasp of where tech and culture meet that she could add sociologist to her resume." -Publisher's Weekly, in a starred review, April 2

"A really smart and funny look at the insane psychological and social costs of our era of constant connectedness.“ -Chris Hayes, from NY Times' "By The Book," March 19

"Our modern world is at once hyper-connected and hyper-alienating, and in this magical/terrible time, Courtney Maum's latest novel offers us a balm, a solution, a call to action, or, at the very least, time away from our smartphones to read a compelling, perceptive, and moving story about the state of human intimacy and love in our contemporary era. Touch is at once wry and sincere, funny and serious, and you won't be able to put it down.”       –Edan Lepucki, bestselling author of CALIFORNIA

“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

"Touch is so smart that even its comic absurdities quiver with wisdom, as an anti-mom and a neo-sensualist confirm our suspicion that the lives of trendsetters aren't quite what they appear to be. Maum's writing is sharp and complex—prepare to be touched by this novel in ways you might not expect." Elizabeth McKenzie, National Book Award Finalist for THE PORTABLE VEBLEN

“With her impeccable prose and laser-sharp wit, the profligately talented Courtney Maum has delivered a timely and necessary defense of human intimacy. You'll want to hold it close.” –Henry Alford, humorist and author of WOULD IT KILL YOU TO STOP DOING THAT?


Interviews about TOUCH 2017

Answering #Belletrist reader questions live from Facebook in NYC with fellow author Tim Manley and producer, Karah Preiss, July

Part time author, part time namer: What it's like to name cosmetics with GirlBoss

"How to look well-rested when you haven't rested at all," Makeup tips with Jane Iredale cosmetics

On good habits (and bad ones!) with happiness guru, Gretchen Rubin.

9 Questions with Courtney Maum, for Vox, July

Irony and Satire on the DIY MFA podcast, July

WCBS "Author Talks" interview with Pat Farnack, July

What the fuck is a beach read anyway? for Electric Literature, July

"Behind the scenes of Trend Forecasting" an interview with Courtney Maum and Yahoo, June

Novelist Courtney Maum satirizes the tech world" an interview with The Stranger, June

"The Art of Looking into the Future" with Vincent Scarpa from Electric Literature, June

"The End of Touch" with book critic, Ben Woodard from The Millions, May

"Digital Meltdown" with Steph Opitz for Marie Claire, May

"Open Book" with the Berkshire Eagle, May

"On Writing: An interview with Courtney Maum" Berkshire Edge, June

A podcast with fellow namer Caitlin Barrett about branding and verbal strategy on The Brandhole "Breakthroughs" episode, May

Audiobooks, the power of female instinct, and the industry of trend forecasting Q&A with Deborah Kalb, May

A playlist for TOUCH with anecdotes about the song selections for Largehearted Boy, May

What is Courtney Maum reading? Campaign for the American, May

An interview with Courtney about humor writing at Catapult October, 2016

 

 


Selected Press For I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN HERE WITHOUT YOU

WASHINGTON POST: “Here we have the literary beach read — a book that pleases people who read two books a month and people who read two books a year. . . . [Maum] is abundantly gifted — funny, open-hearted, adept at bringing global issues into the personal sphere . . . eventually creating that rare thing: a book for everyone.”     

PEOPLE MAGAZINE: "Funny, touching and wise about love and vanity, this seductive debut might leave you rethinking some decisions of your own." (People Picks Book of the Week)

 
 


NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW: “Maum is funny: the kind of funny that is mean and dirty, with some good bad words thrown in. And she has a satiric eye for artsy pretension. . . . Enticing.”

O MAGAZINE: "A winning first novel of infidelity, forgiveness, and (maybe, just maybe) falling back in love.” (O Magazine, 15 Titles to Pick Up Now)

 
 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: “Funny and soulful . . . Filled with wise and revealing insights about the mature rewards embattled marriages provide. . . . [An] immensely appealing novel.”

ELLE: "A charming and engrossing portrait of one man's midlife mess . . . Smart, fast-paced . . . You come for the plot, but you stay for the characters—especially Maum's flawed but likable and basically well-intentioned hero. Ultimately, this is the story of a man who would do anything to be a better person, and you will avidly wish for him to succeed."

 
 

REAL SIMPLE: “Deftly exploring the daily challenges of marriage…this book provided me with a powerful reminder to appreciate my partner and the life that we’ve built together.” (Real Simple, Best Book of 2014)                                

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY starred review: “An honest, staggeringly realized journey . . . Equally funny and touching, the novel strikes deep, presenting a sincere exploration of love and monogamy. These characters are complex, and their story reflects their confusion and desire. . . . An impressive, smart novel.”

GLAMOUR: “Courtney Maum bursts onto the scene with a hilarious and wise novel. . . . Richard Haddon is one of the more lovable male characters we've encountered this season. . . . You'll find yourself agog at Maum's masterful storytelling and dead-on descriptions.” (Glamour Magazine Best Books of Summer)

MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE: “Maum’s raw honesty about the hard work of long-term relationships, what is said and left unsaid, and her intimate knowledge of Paris make this a bittersweet yet comical read.” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune 5 novels you must read right now)

"Antic, sexy, satirically deft, and of course funny, this novel is also, on both the personal and political levels, smart about the bottomlessness of our capacities for self-sabotage, and moving about the fierceness of our yearning to make good." (Jim Shepard, author of You Think That's Bad and Like You'd Understand, Anyway)

MISCELLANEA

See the book trailer for I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN HERE WITHOUT YOU

 

For a Vol. 1 interview with Courtney on travel-related chapbooks, click here.

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