The Postponed Generation: Why America's Grown-Up Kids Are Growing Up Later

Susan Littwin, Author, Pat Golbitz, Editor William Morrow & Company $16.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-688-04890-7
Contrary to the view that college-educated Americans in their 20s are pragmatic careerists, Littwin argues here that they are a ""confused, unfocused, and dependent'' generation whose unrealistic expectations have ill-prepared them for the 1980s. As a result, failing to find the easy rewards promised in their childhoods of the abundant '60s, many postpone accepting adult responsibilities until their 30s. Drawing on interviews, Littwin, a California-based freelance journalist, finds these directionless people taking dead-end jobs, engaging in escapist creativity, returning to parents' homes, and refusing all commitments. In contrast, those with '80s-style aspirationsentrepreneurs and high-tech specialistsare realizing them, according to the author. Her study offers sharp insights into today's young adults and the forces shaping their lives. 50,000 first printing; 60,000 ad/promo; author tour. February 21
Reviewed on: 02/01/1986
Release date: 02/01/1986
Paperback - 978-0-688-07295-7
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