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Boomer1 Paperback – 10 September 2019
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Torday is a singular American writer with a big heart and a real love for the world. He has the rare gift for writing dynamic action scenes while being genuinely funny. --George SaundersBluegrass musician, former journalist and editor, and now PhD in English, Mark Brumfeld has arrived at his thirties with significant debt and no steady prospects. His girlfriend Cassie--a punk bassist in an all-female band, who fled her Midwestern childhood for a new identity--finds work at a "new media" company. When Cassie refuses his marriage proposal, Mark leaves New York and returns to the basement of his childhood home in the Baltimore suburbs. Desperate and humiliated, Mark begins to post a series of online video monologues that critique Baby Boomers and their powerful hold on the job market. But as his videos go viral, and while Cassie starts to build her career, Mark loses control of what he began--with consequences that ensnare them in a matter of national security. Told through the perspectives of Mark, Cassie, and Mark's mother, Julia, a child of the '60s whose life is more conventional than she ever imagined, Boomer1 is timely, suspenseful, and in every line alert to the siren song of endless opportunity that beckons and beguiles all of us.
One of The Millions' Most Anticipated Books of 2018Vulture.com's Best New Books of Fall 2018 One of Entertainment Weekly's 20 Books to Read in September Philadelphia Inquirer's Best Books of the Fall
Wry...Reads as contemporary satire with Shakespearean echoes. - The New York Times Torday is a singular American writer with a big heart and a real love for the world. He has the rare gift for writing dynamic action scenes while being genuinely funny. - George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo In this inventive, hilarious, and audacious book, Daniel Torday elucidates the deep ironies and ambivalences embedded in how we live now. - Dana Spiotta, author of Innocents and Others and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Daniel Torday's Boomer1 is a wild, wickedly funny, and deeply empathetic look at modern American culture and politics." - Phil Klay, National Book Award-winning author of Redeployment "Boomer1 channels the riotous insecurity and injustice of our contemporary America into a frightening, hilarious, and all-too-plausible societal bildungsroman. Edgy and humane, this novel is live music for our screened-off world." - Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! Boomer1 is a doozy--a prescient, cathartic love letter to Gen X, a fond call to arms for Millennials. Daniel Torday has written this generational cusp with wisdom, style and sincerity. - Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus
Boomer1 is a dazzling new novel from one of America's premier writers. - Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Orphan Master's Son Torday's gifts as a writer are brilliantly displayed...Stylishly written, cleverly observed, and boldly imagined. - Kirkus (starred review) Smart and culturally attuned. - Library Journal Torday (The Last Flight of Poxl West) constructs a hilarious story about generational conflict brought to a boiling point...Torday's wry examination of those attempting to survive in postrecession America is particularly poignant. - Publishers Weekly Boomer1 is a sharp, bright and often amusing snapshot of this unwieldy economic moment. - Wall Street Journal Torday's writing is funny and insightful. He adeptly captures the current zeitgeist, where a tree that falls but is not captured on Instagram doesn't make a sound. - The Nebraska Journal Star Refreshingly (if at times devastatingly) uncanny, funny, and clever. - The Millions Wry, humorous, ironic, and, at the same time, empathetic. - Authors 'Round the South Torday hit[s] the nail smack on the head. - San Francisco Chronicle Torday has some of the witty, neoteric, alternative-now chops of Don DeLillo...[his] narrative moves like a Clapton solo, fast and sinuous and haunting. And his black-humor story unfolds as naturally as a rainstorm. - Memphis Flyer Dialogue is stellar, and humor dances through everything like a countermelody. - Washington Independent Review of Books A thoughtful, taut, and engaging commentary on how social media can escalate personal angst into a terrorist act that turns deadly... Boomer1's knowing take on identity politics and generational turmoil will make many people smile. The novel is artfully written and well worth reading. - The Philadelphia Inquirer
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- Publisher : Picador Paper (10 September 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250214777
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250214775
- Dimensions : 13.77 x 2.34 x 20.75 cm
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It’s narrated from three perspectives—Mark Brumfeld, whose life isn’t turning out the way he thought it would, his love interest Cassie, a bluegrass bassist who discovers a hidden talent for editing native content in social media, and Mark’s mother Julia, a one-time (dare we say?) hippie who is now a suburban wife and mother. Mark—aka Isaac Abramson aka Boomer1—moves into his mom’s basement and creates a series of videos advocating the forceful retirement of boomers, ending with: “Resist much, obey little. Propaganda by the deed. Boom boom.”
There is true hilarity here in the targeting of boomer icons (Oprah, anyone?) But Daniel Torday does not let his narrative dissolve into slapstick. Despite the absurd plot, these are believable characters who could easily be perceived as existing in the real world. The emotions and milieu of the today—seeking a scapegoat for one’s own failings, getting lost in the Internet culture, having one foot firmly planted in what is expected of us and the other wavering into unexplored ground of what we really want to do—all this is mined here. Millennial cynicism and ennui clashes with boomer self-righteousness.
And it’s all great fun. Except when it isn’t. There is a yearning in these put-upon characters and, if there is not generational domestic terrorism, there is at least generational envy and resentment. The book has a lot to say and it says it well. Don’t expect a fast read but do expect an enlightening one. Boom boom.