Sensation Machines

Adam Wilson

ISBN: 9781641291651

Published: July 7, 2020

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A razor-sharp darkly funny, and deeply human rendering of a future that’s nearly upon us.

Michael and Wendy Mixner are a Brooklyn-based couple whose marriage is failing in the wake of their daughter’s stillbirth. Michael, a Wall Street trader, has secretly lost the couple’s life savings. Wendy, a digital marketin...

A razor-sharp darkly funny, and deeply human rendering of a future that’s nearly upon us.

Michael and Wendy Mixner are a Brooklyn-based couple whose marriage is failing in the wake of their daughter’s stillbirth. Michael, a Wall Street trader, has secretly lost the couple’s life savings. Wendy, a digital marketing strategist, has been hired onto a data-mining project of epic scale, whose mysterious creator has ambitions to reshape America’s social and political landscapes. When Michael’s best friend is murdered, the evidence leads back to Wendy’s client, setting off a dangerous chain of events that will profoundly change the couple—and the country.

An endlessly twisty novel of big ideas, Sensation Machines is a brilliantly observed human drama that grapples with greed, automation, universal basic income, revolutionary desires, and a broken justice system. Adam Wilson implicates not only the powerbrokers gaming the system and getting rich at the intersection of Wall Street, Madison Avenue, Silicon Valley, and Capitol Hill, but all of us: each one of us playing our parts, however willingly or unwillingly, in the vast systems that define and control our lives.

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“Adam Wilson is a prose savant, and Sensation Machines is a not-so-small miracle. With its precise details about our current moment, profusion of voice and sound, Wilson's new novel brings to mind everyone from Saul Bellow to Paul Beatty, Grace Paley to Zadie Smith. But his ideas and his syntax and his humor is entirely his. This is a great book by one of our funniest smartest sharpest contemporary novelists.”
—Daniel Torday, author of The Last Flight of Poxl West and Boomer 1
Sensation Machines is precision-engineered to entertain, enlighten, and unsettle. Adam Wilson is a master craftsman with a globe-sized heart.”
—Joshua Cohen, author of The Book of Numbers