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Future Feeling

(2021)
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An embittered dog walker obsessed with a social media influencer inadvertently puts a curse a young man--and must adventure into mysterious dimension in order to save him--in this wildly inventive, delightfully subversive, genre-nonconforming debut novel about illusion, magic, technology, kinship, and the emergent future.

The year is 20__, and Penfield R. Henderson is in a rut. When he's not walking dogs for cash or responding to booty calls from his B-list celebrity hookup, he's holed up in his dingy Bushwick apartment obsessing over holograms of Aiden Chase, a fellow trans man and influencer documenting his much smoother transition into picture-perfect masculinity on the Gram. After an IRL encounter with Aiden leaves Pen feeling especially resentful, Pen enlists his roommates, the Witch and the Stoner-Hacker, to put their respective talents to use in hexing Aiden. Together, they gain access to Aiden's social media account and post a picture of Pen's aloe plant, Alice, tied to a curse:

Whosoever beholds the aloe will be pushed into the Shadowlands.

When the hex accidentally bypasses Aiden, sending another young trans man named Blithe to the Shadowlands (the dreaded emotional landscape through which every trans person must journey to achieve true self-actualization), the Rhiz (the quasi-benevolent big brother agency overseeing all trans matters) orders Pen and Aiden to team up and retrieve him. The two trace Blithe to a dilapidated motel in California and bring him back to New York, where they try to coax Blithe to stop speaking only in code and awkwardly try to pass on what little trans wisdom they possess. As the trio makes its way in a world that includes pitless avocados and subway cars that change color based on occupants' collective moods but still casts judgment on anyone not perfectly straight, Pen starts to learn that sometimes a family isn't just the people who birthed you.

Magnificently imagined, linguistically dazzling, and riotously fun, Future Feeling presents an alternate future in which advanced technology still can't replace human connection but may give the trans community new ways to care for its own.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"In this brilliant and breathtakingly inventive debut, Lake captures the nuances, pain, and absurdity of obsession and idolization as we follow this refreshingly original narrator navigating the all-too-relatable process of feeling comfortable in one's own skin and becoming a self. I couldn't put this book down." - Zaina Arafat

"Smartly set in a strange, yet familiar American offscape, Lake's novel weaves a tantric tale that measures the timelessness of trans identities not in well-intentioned DSM diagnoses, civil rights movements, or social media pedantries, but by cherishing the fissures in the rock wall of intersectionality. For as Future Feeling proves, it's in these misalignments, misunderstandings, and inappropriate joking where we have space to be ourselves." - Paul Beatty

"The uneasy future conjured by Joss Lake is really a naked readout on our crumbling present moment. Like every ambitious literary visionary, Lake uses his delirious imagination and potent narrative gifts to sharpen the mirror on how we live and feel now." - Ben Marcus

"I devoured this funny, charming book of trans friendships and sly cultural commentary; a story about what truly matters for those of us lost in the maelstrom of identity and media. Here's how unable I was to put it down: I accidentally dropped it in the toilet, fished it out, and kept right on reading." - Torrey Peters

"Future Feeling marks a delightful contribution to the ultra contemporary sci-fi canon. Like (and unlike) the best of cyberpunk, Lake transforms the alienation and flatness of technoculture into a fully dimensional and absorbing alternate reality complete with sprawling queer resistance movements, t4t flirting/obsessions, and sexy magic plant life. And like the best humor writing, Future Feeling is ridiculously fun and smart, and accomplishes that rare and difficult goal: the conversion of anxiety into laughter. I loved this book. It is about the internet, but it is more fun than the internet!" - Jordy Rosenberg


Used availability for Joss Lake's Future Feeling

Paperback Editions

June 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: Future Feeling: A Novel
Author(s): Joss Lake
ISBN: 1-59376-688-2 / 978-1-59376-688-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soft Skull
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

August 2021 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Future Feeling: A Novel
Author(s): Joss Lake
ISBN: 1-66511-155-0 / 978-1-66511-155-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


August 2021 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Future Feeling: A Novel
Author(s): Joss Lake
ISBN: 1-66511-156-9 / 978-1-66511-156-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon AU   


June 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Future Feeling: A Novel
Author(s): Joss Lake
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon   


June 2021 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Future Feeling: A Novel
Author(s): Joss Lake
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

June 2021 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Future Feeling: A Novel
Author(s): Joss Lake
Publisher: Soft Skull
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU