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Courtney Maum

From the author of the acclaimed I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, a satirical and moving novel in the spirit of Maria Semple and Jess Walter about a New York City trend forecaster who finds herself wanting to overturn her own predictions, move away from technology, and reclaim her heart. Sloane Jacobsen is one of the world's most powerful trend forecasters (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.

From the author of the acclaimed I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, a satirical and moving novel in the spirit of Maria Semple and Jess Walter about a New York City trend forecaster who finds herself wanting to overturn her own predictions, move away from technology, and reclaim her heart. Sloane Jacobsen is one of the world's most powerful trend forecasters (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.
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From the author of the acclaimed I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, a satirical and moving novel in the spirit of Maria Semple and Jess Walter about a New York City trend forecaster who finds herself wanting to overturn her own predictions, move away from technology, and reclaim her heart. Sloane Jacobsen is one of the world's most powerful trend forecasters (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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kristen Sieh

Length:

9h 46m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:50


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:50


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:16


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:49


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:05


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:36


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:21


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:29


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:28


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:38


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:40


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:50


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:42


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:29


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:23


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:06


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:24


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:46


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:03


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:52


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:22


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:17


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:03


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:19


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:56


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:45


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:15


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:37


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:48


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:40


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:15


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:48


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:04


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:10


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:09


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:10


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:03


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:26


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

09:01


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:53


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:22


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:25


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:54


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:38


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:48


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:01


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:51


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:28


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:43


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:16


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:31


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:31


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:51


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:37


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:56


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:38


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:33


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:23


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:20


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:55


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:45


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:13


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:31


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:29


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:47


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:33


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:12


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:42


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:41


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:55


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:27


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:56


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:04


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:28


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:34


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:30


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:34


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

00:30