Daniel Torday. St. Martin’s, $27.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-250-19179-3
Torday (The Last Flight of Poxl West) constructs a hilarious story about generational conflict brought to a boiling point. Mark Brumfeld—a former journalist, bluegrass guitarist, and current English literature PhD candidate—is frustrated with the slow economy and job market, which he blames the baby boomers for. To allay his frustrations, Mark creates a web video series to encourage baby boomers to vacate their jobs, and for millennials to be ready to take them—by force, if necessary. But what started as catharsis quickly morphs into a domestic terrorist organization aimed at pushing boomers out of the workforce. The story is told through the perspectives of Mark; his ex-girlfriend Cassie, a punk bassist who remakes herself in new media; and Mark’s mother, Julia, a former wild-child turned suburban wife. Following the overeducated and underemployed, Torday traces the progress of radical thought from its foothold in the passionate young minds during the 1960s to its eventual domestication and corporatization. As tensions rise, the people in Mark’s life find themselves facing difficult questions about the accessibility of success and what it means to prevail in a system where so few manage to do so. While the ending feels anticlimactic, Torday’s wry examination of those attempting to survive in postrecession America is particularly poignant. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/30/2018
Release date: 09/18/2018
Genre: Fiction
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-250-21836-0
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Paperback - 352 pages - 978-1-250-21477-5
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