The iPhone between me and you


Imagine a life in the future devoid of human interaction, of everything from a friend’s embrace to the touch of a  cashier carefully placing change in the palm of your hand.

In Courtney Maum’s new novel, “Touch,” the future is now, and isolation that has grown from a screen-obsessed culture has given way to a new kind of marketplace, where the warmth of a hug is as much of a commodity as an Uber ride.

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