Boomer1 by Daniel Torday


Bluegrass musician, former journalist and editor, and now PhD in English, Mark Brumfeld has arrived at his thirties with significant debt and no steady prospects. His girlfriend Cassie—a punk bassist in an all-female band, who fled her Midwestern childhood for a new identity—finds work at a “new media” company. When Cassie refuses his marriage proposal, Mark leaves New York and returns to the basement of his childhood home in the Baltimor...

Details Boomer1

Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreFiction, Contemporary

Reviews Boomer1

  • Larry H
    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars.A fascinating, timely, and thought-provoking meditation on the craziness of our internet-obsessed culture, the generational divide between Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials, and just how far our lives can drift from what we've planned, Daniel Torday's Boomer1 is both funny and eerily prescient.Mark is a bluegrass musician, a journalist and editor, and a student completing his PhD in English. He hopes to fin...
  • Elyse
    I enjoyed this a lot - just finished it now - at 3am- with no idea where it was headed.Mark - Cassie - Julia - each have a voice in this fascinating- relevant and frightening look at people ‘my age’ - 60’s retirement age - and my daughter’s age - mid 30’s -and the contribution our grandparents made who came from the War—It’s a terrific book ....lots to engage in — great storytelling. Themes - locations and daily life for these fol...
  • Carol
    Sometimes a reader and a novel just don't mesh. This slow going look at millennial issues with the baby boomer generation just did not work for me.While I had no issue with the writing style itself, told from three perspectives, I never connected with the characters enough to care about them or their relationships, and the music subplot fell flat for me.Thank you St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
  • Esil
    3+ starsWhat to say about Boomer1? The story focuses on the apparent generational divide between baby boomers and millennials. Mark has tried to make it as an academic and journalist in New York, but he’s ended up back in his parents’ basement in the Midwest. He reinvents himself as a raging millennial, posting video diatribes about how it’s time for baby boomers to cede their place to millennials, ending each diatribe with “boom boom”....
  • ☮Karen
    St. Martins Press comped me this copy, and I thank them. So, I can tell you this story is about two young adults, Cassie from Ohio who changed her name before moving to New York City, and Mark, who as a side job plays in a band with Cassie and loves her very much. Cassie won't marry him, because she really prefers women, although Mark is clueless. They both have poorly paying day jobs and are barely subsisting, and Mark blames his lack of success...
  • Cheri
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!”I can't get no satisfaction, I can't get no satisfaction'Cause I try and I try and I try and I tryI can't get no, I can't get no” -- (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones, Songwriters: Keith Richards / Mick JaggerBoy meets girl. Boy lives with girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy proposes to girl. Girl walks away. Boy loses job. Boy moves home with parents. Boy becomes Boomer1 online. Boy rants online about...
  • Paul
    Daniel Torday’s Boomer1 is a very good novel that focuses on what people do to maintain relationships and to stick to their ideals, even in the face of hypocrisy. Even with some flaws, Torday’s ideas are genuine and hold important questions for the current generation. I enjoyed Boomer1 and will definitely recommend it.Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Daniel Torday for the advanced copy for review.Full review can be found here...
  • Amy Gennaro
    Thank you to St. Martin's Press, the author, and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for my candid review.Wow! Tough book to review. I actually hated the book at first because it was an unadulterated attack on Baby Boomers and all that they have accomplished. And a call to arms for them to all retire, so that Millenials can take the good jobs.At that point in the book---I wanted to rip through the pages and smack the sh%& out of the char...
  • Anne
    I had trouble getting into this book but once in, I really enjoyed it. As one of the Baby Boomer generation, I tired of the "blame-game" that Mark raged about. We grew up with a work ethic and deserved the jobs we got based on merit. We retire when we are able to (fortunately I am)! So I had to re-adjust my thinking a little to see through his eyes. I have children his age so I understand the frustration of being over-educated and unable to find ...
  • Janice Lombardo
    I sit here with 7 actual pages of notes on this book. I guess I could write a book on this book. I didn't care for the characters although they were excellently portrayed. There were many times when I frankly did not understand where anyone was coming from. The story was much better during the parts that were current action. I had to force myself to read some of the long past stories and repetitive words. The ending was, to me, depressing. Three ...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog:'They were baby boomers. They had and they had and they had, as if that was the very condition of their own existance- having, owning, getting, living out Bellow’s I want, I want, I want- while he and his generation had not. They, too, wanted plenty, but they did not have.'For Mark Brumfeld his talents as a Bluegrass musician, journalist, and now holding a PhD in English- life hasn't taken him ...
  • Jessica Mcbee
    Wow. I didn't know what to expect, but this novel was intense. You could feel the frustration of the Boomer Boomers in Mark's sections. Very interesting take on the millennial vs. baby boomer generations. Definitely an interesting read that makes you think. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
  • Barbara Hall
    Four words come to mind in thinking about Daniel Torday's "Boomer1": I was knocked out!!Boomer1 tells the story of Mark Brumfeld, an unemployed writer and would-be academic who is forced to move back to his parent's home. He begins a series of video rants against Baby Boomers that go viral and his life is upended in unexpected ways.Written in 10 different parts, each featuring either Mark, his ex girlfriend Cassie or his mother, Julia, Torday's s...
  • Amanda
    I received an advanced copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed this story. I am in the age range of the younger group of characters in this novel and have seen many battles played out between generations. I think this book had an interesting take on these differences.
  • Patricia Romero
    I enjoyed the premise of this book. Why are so many millennials moving home and not being able to find jobs? Why are these people so angry at baby boomers?Told through the eyes of Mark,Cassie and Mark's mother we have voices of all generations.One thing that bothered me was the huge words over and over again. Not necessary. I felt like a lot of this should have been edited better as Mark comes off as out of touch and entitled. Cassie is more go w...
  • Cat
    As one of the culpable Baby Boomers described in this story, I really enjoyed this book about the frustrations and trials for the millennial left in our wake. Always a subject worth debating that no one ever wins.Mark tries so hard to succeed but fails miserably and embarrassingly at every turn. His friend (wish girlfriend) Cassie, on the other hand, is wildly successful in any venture she makes a small effort with. The perspective of Mark’s mo...
  • Rachel Sukeforth
    I didn't want to out this book down. Well written by closely examining 3 characters and how their lives were interwoven. I also found this book to be topical. As a millennial myself the sentiment hit close to home.
  • Kaye
    Full disclosure: I was born solidly in mid-Baby Boom. This book could be described as an anti-Boomer manifesto. That said, I can't express how much I loved reading it.Yes, as some other Goodreads reviewers have pointed out, the three main characters are shallow. At times I wanted to slap each of them silly over the choices they made. But they are not portrayed in a shallow fashion. It is clear that each -- of whatever age, gender or sexual orient...
  • Tami
    I was born at the very end of the baby boomer years, so I’m thinking I am not quite the right audience for Daniel Torday’s newest novel. The story is told through the viewpoints of three characters and I never felt a connection with any of them.The story opened with Cassie, who added the f-word to nearly every sentence out of her mouth. I’ve no problem with profanity in general, but felt it was often gratuitous. Then there is Cassie’s beh...
  • Lois Sittu
    I could not connect with the characters in this book. I didn't care about them and had to force myself to read a chapter or two at a time in order to finish it. It took me over a month to get through this. I finished several other books while trying to read this one. Under other circumstances, I would have quit reading it but I won Boomer 1 on goodreads giveaways and felt obligated to see it through to the end.
  • Elaine Young
    I received an early copy of Boomer1 by Daniel Torday in a goodreads giveaway and I thoroughlyenjoyed it. This novel, told through the perspectives of three characters, Mark, Cassie, and Mark's mother, Julia is timely, well-written, amusing, and definitely thought provoking.
  • James Beggarly
    Exciting book about a young man, Mark, who can’t make it in the world and starts ranting on the Internet, which starts a revolution that quickly grows out of his control. Sharp, funny and heartbreaking as we see the story told through Mark, his ex girlfriend and his mother.
  • Ramona Mead
    While I appreciate that this novel is timely and relevant, it simply didn't resonate with me. I am in between the millennial and baby boomer generations, and I can see both sides of the issue. Boomers are working past the retirement age, hanging on to jobs the younger generations have been working toward. The novel started out strong and I was intrigued, however by the half way point, I just didn't care too much. The writing throughout is sharp a...
  • Mary Nee
    A good story. Enjoy it !
  • Michael
    My review for this novel was published in the July 1, 2018, edition of Library Journal:In his provocative second novel (after The Last Flight of Poxl West), Torday takes the idea of generational warfare a step further. When 31-year-old Mark Brumfeld—overeducated, underemployed, and freshly rejected by his bandmate and would-be fiancée Cassie—moves back to his parents' house in Baltimore to lick his wounds, he channels his frustration into a ...
  • Olga Pavlov
    A fun and dynamic read with Mark Brumfeld.I felt entertained, it sure came with some lengthes and an exceptional price (!!!) but it is worth it. I will buy again to have it standing in my home.