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The paperback edition of Sarah Schulman’s visionary novel of New York.

THE MERE FUTURE new release

The paperback edition of Sarah Schulman’s dystopian satire about urban mores and gentrification gone awry. Set sometime in the not-too-distant future, New York City has morphed into an idealized version of itself, the result of what the newly elected mayor calls The Big Change. Rent is cheap, homelessness is over, and everyone works in Marketing. Despite the utopian surface, however, there is a disturbing malaise that infects the population. Our heroine, a lowly copywriter, and her girlfriend Nadine just want to fall in love all over again, but can’t help noticing that the social packaging may not be recyclable. Calling on all genres—literary fiction, mystery, fantasy, poetry, and stand-up comedy—Schulman invents a literature that reflects the lives we live right now while being funny, sexy, and open-hearted. Sparkling with witty and provocative social commentary, The Mere Future is a startlingly sharp-eyed prophecy of the world to come that blows literary conventions out of the water. Clever word craft, poetic political satire and biting ­humor on every page. —Publishers Weekly

Sarah Schulman Sarah Schulman is the author of fourteen books, including the novels Rat Bohemia (page 36), Empathy (page 29), and The Child (page 36), and the non-fiction book Ties That Bind: Familial Homophbia and Its Consequences. Her many awards include a Guggenheim, Fulbright and the 2009 Kessler Award for her “Sustained Contribution to LGBT Studies.” She is a Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at CUNY, College of Staten Island.

isbn 978-1-55152-424-5

fiction

5.5 x 8.25 | 184 pp | paper

fic019000 | fic018000

$15.95 / $15.95 us

pub month: september

Schulman injects wry political commentary and sly cultural satire into her intellectually dynamic plot with infectious constancy. —Richard Labonte, Book Marks Shockingly of the moment … The Mere Future is set a few years hence “when things are slightly better because there has been a big change,” and, as she always does, Schulman fashions a writing style that suits the setting … [This] is probably Schulman’s funniest book. —Lambda Book Report

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