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Publisher's Summary

A young couple's toxic Instagram crush spins out of control and unleashes a sinister creature in this twisted, viciously funny, "bananas good" debut. (Carmen Maria Machado)

"Um, holy shit.... This novel will be the most fun you'll have this summer."  (Emily Temple, Literary Hub)

Remy and Alicia, a couple of insecure service workers, are not particularly happy together. But they are bound by a shared obsession with Jen, a beautiful former coworker of Remy’s who now seems to be following her bliss as a globe-trotting jewelry designer. In and outside the bedroom, Remy and Alicia's entire relationship revolves around fantasies of Jen, whose every Instagram caption, outfit, and new age mantra they know by heart.

Imagine their confused excitement when they run into Jen, in the flesh, and she invites them on a surfing trip to the Hamptons with her wealthy boyfriend and their group. Once there, Remy and Alicia try (a little too hard) to fit into Jen’s exalted social circle, but violent desire and class resentment bubble beneath the surface of this beachside paradise, threatening to erupt. As small disturbances escalate into outright horror, we find ourselves tumbling with Remy and Alicia into an uncanny alternate reality, one shaped by their most unspeakable, deviant, and intoxicating fantasies. Is this what “self-actualization” looks like?

Part millennial social comedy, part psychedelic horror, and all wildly entertaining, A Touch of Jen is a sly, unflinching examination of the hidden drives that lurk just outside the frame of our carefully curated selves.

©2021 Beth Morgan (P)2021 Little, Brown & Company

Critic Reviews

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A Touch of Jen is bananas good. Funny and sharp and surprising and bittersweet. Just [three chef's kiss emojis]." (Carmen Maria Machado)

“Morgan has created a fabulous monster here, legitimately Frankensteined herself a wicked, unflinching, dynamite novel out of razor-sharp dialogue, toxic social media culture, and the nonsense notion that the self is just another brand to be endlessly plumbed for content. Wildly hilarious and absolutely terrifying, A Touch of Jen is truly a touch of genius. I loved every minute of it.” (Kristen Arnett, New York Times best-selling author of Mostly Dead Things)

Editor's Pick

A home-run debut
I was in a deep reading/listening slump last year during quarantine. It was hard for me to focus on any story long enough to really get caught up in it, and it was frustrating. That is until I got an early copy of this novel late last year. A Touch of Jen was the most enthralling story I’d come across in a long time and fully got me out of my slump. It’s funny, smart, original, and so perfectly weird. Debut author Beth Morgan has come out swinging, and yes, of course it’s incredible in audio too, thanks to Casey Turner’s expert narration. This novel made me excited about stories again and it’s one you definitely don’t want to sleep on, I promise. —Aaron S., Audible Editor

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Narrator was fantastic! I am not sure what I just listened to but it was original, snarky, and weird . I also want to get a ring tone made with the narrator saying knock ,knock,knock !

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All over the place. No story to follow. Couldn’t even finish it. Would like a refund of my time

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Demented and addictive

I got totally swept up in the wild ride that is this hilarious and weird story!

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Like a Gregg Araki movie set in NYC

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Complete waste of time

I made myself listen to the entire book in hopes that it would get better. Sadly, the story continued to disappoint.