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Boomer1 Paperback – 10 September 2019

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One of The Millions' Most Anticipated Books of 2018'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

About the Author

DANIEL TORDAY is the Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College. An author and former editor at Esquire magazine, Torday currently serves as an editor at The Kenyon Review. His short stories and essays have appeared in Esquire, Glimmer Train, Harper Perennial's Fifty-Two Stories, Harvard Review, The New York Times and The Kenyon Review. Torday's novella, The Sensualist, won the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for debut fiction.

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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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