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Courtney Maum Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Touch (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Author Courtney Maum is a graduate of Brown University with her degree in Comparative Literature. She is based in Litchfield County, living with her daughter and film making husband.

Courtney does more than write humorous novels. For Electric Literature, she writes “Celebrity Book Review”, a satirical humor column; she writes a review of a new book where she writes from a celebrity’s point of view. She researches the person’s life that she wants to imitate, listen to their voice and how they talk in interviews to get a better review of a book. She also writes for a news outlet called Sirens and works at Tin House Magazine giving out literary advice in her column. She has even co-written some films that have screened at some big festivals, like Cannes and Sundance.

She has worked as a fashion publicist, a forecaster of trends, and party promoter for Corona Extra. She has also worked as a product namer for MAC cosmetics. A corporate namer comes up with many names for a product to give their client about twenty to present; these have to be legally viable to use for the product. She finds that naming is something that will keep your mind sharp, and it keeps her outside of academia because sometimes the world of a writer gets a little stuffy at times.

When not writing anything, she likes to read, cook, travel, sing karaoke, dance, and eat ramen. At one point, she used to play piano, and she feels that it helps her figure out when to be serious and when it should be darker.

Her novel “Touch” was named a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection. Her debut, called “I Am Having So Much Fun Without You”, was a book of the month by Amazon, Library Journal, and iTunes; it was also book of the year by Electric Literature, Flavorwire, Bustle, and Real Simple. The Wall Street and O Magazine called this a literary beach read. “Notes From Mexico” has won 2012’s The Cupboard’s yearly chapbook contest.

“I Am Having So Much Fun Without You” is the first novel that she had published and she was seven months pregnant at the time it sold. She had just gone out to the river near her house for a swim, so that she could make the humidity found in July easier to deal with. She was naked on her couch when her agent told her the news.

For ten years, the novel just sat in a drawer, but finally, she decided to re-write the entire thing from scratch. She first wrote the book in the year 2004 when she was still in Paris, but the novel never sold.

What was not right in this version of the story, was that there was not enough of a balance in how Richard was likable and a jerk at the same. He was funny, yet did not have any remorse; making it hard for any reader to have empathy for Richard. You go, in the published version, on his journey (almost in real time) from seeing him feel proud about his wrongdoings, then be terrified of them and the consequences they have.

“I Am Having So Much Fun Without You” is the first novel by Courtney Maum and was released in the year 2014. Richard Haddon has the support of his wonderful and brilliant French wife and his daughter. His first solo show in Paris was a success. And all at the age of thirty-four. He is a British artist is too busy being in mourning losing his American mistress to a famous designer of cutlery to even appreciate what he has.

Richard finds that a painting he did for his wife, Anne, when they were deeply in love and newly married has sold. It sends him hurtling back into reality, and vows to reinvest in his family life wholeheartedly. It is right at the time that his wife finds out all about his affair. He is full of remorse and without a direction, he goes through some poorly thought up attempts to win her back. All the while, he focuses all the creative energy he has on a provocative piece of art so that he can prove that he is the man that she used to love.

Fans of the novel had a hard time putting this story down; the story was well written and had some quite funny parts to it. This novel is smart, and funny; most importantly of all, though, true. You will feel many emotions while reading the story, all of them different. There are palpable emotions, a complicated art world, very descriptive setting, and just the right amount of humor. This is a great read, the narrator (who is screwed up), the sex scenes, the way that clothing is described, and the art.

“Touch” is the second novel by Courtney Maum and was released in the year 2017. Sloane Jacobsen says that the world has too many people and that having kids is an extravagant indulgence. She would know, because she is the most powerful trend forecaster in the entire world.

Mammoth, the tech giant, surprises nobody by getting Sloane (who predicted “the swipe”) to lead their game changing yearly conference. It is a conference that celebrates those who chose not to have kids and their growing need of technology.

Sloane starts to feel that there is a movement brewing against smart devices. It will help people have more empathy, compassion, and embrace in-personism once more. She is afraid that her predictions are way off of her employer’s goal (her closest relationship happens to be with her car that drives itself) after her French partner publishes a paper on how penetrative sex is dead. This paper instantly goes viral.

Readers believe that these characters are perfection. The story was both fun, but also thought provoking, as it makes you think about what may come in the future (one that involves a lot of technology, rather than interacting with people). Fans of the novel like how Courtney writes in this book, it is eager, easy and colloquial. People do not speak, they croon or they quip. Everything pops off the page, metaphors are mixed fast, italics are tilted madly on just about every single page in the book, and points get made multiple times.

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