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The Transition
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The Transition
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An early 30s couple are forced to move in with an older couple in this dark and very funny thought experiment. What do you do with a generation who've had everything but still can't grow up? Welcome to The Transition. While taking part in The Transition, you and your partner will spend six months living under the supervision of your mentors, two successful adults of a slightly older generation. Freed from your financial responsibilities, you will be coached through the key areas of the scheme - employment, nutrition, responsibility, relationship, finances and self-respect - until you are ready to be reintegrated into adult society. At the end of your six months, who knows what discoveries you'll have made about yourself? The 'friends' you no longer need. The talents you'll have found time to nurture. The business you might have kick-started. Who knows where you'll be?
An early 30s couple are forced to move in with an older couple in this dark and very funny thought experiment. What do you do with a generation who've had everything but still can't grow up? Welcome to The Transition. While taking part in The Transition, you and your partner will spend six months living under the supervision of your mentors, two successful adults of a slightly older generation. Freed from your financial responsibilities, you will be coached through the key areas of the scheme - employment, nutrition, responsibility, relationship, finances and self-respect - until you are ready to be reintegrated into adult society. At the end of your six months, who knows what discoveries you'll have made about yourself? The 'friends' you no longer need. The talents you'll have found time to nurture. The business you might have kick-started. Who knows where you'll be?
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from October 23, 2017
    Poet Kennard’s sharp, witty debut novel is about a generation who can’t seem to launch themselves into adulthood. In the near future, Karl, a debt-ridden 30-something, keeps afloat by using his useless English degree in morally dubious ways, writing fake five-star consumer reviews and “bespoke” essays for college students. When one of his writing gigs lands him in legal trouble, he is faced with a choice: serve a prison sentence or enroll, along with his blameless wife, Genevieve, into “The Transition,” a rehabilitation program aimed at rescuing “a generation suffering from an unholy trinity of cynicism, ignorance and apathy.” Opting for the latter, Karl and Genevieve must move in with Transition mentors, Stu and Janna, who counsel the younger couple on everything from financial responsibility and new career paths to personal hygiene and reading habits: “We want you both to read a newspaper.... A part of you still feels that newspapers are for grown-ups and that you’re not grown-ups.” While Genevieve excels under Stu and Janna’s guidance, the hapless Karl chafes against the cultlike aspects of the Transition and, after a series of often amusing transgressions, humiliations, and punishments, seeks to expose it as a less-than-benevolent self-help program. Enlivened by crisp dialogue and Wildean epigrams (“That’s the problem with self-respect...you start to feel offended when someone insults you”), the novel splendidly hums along. Kennard calibrates satire and sentiment, puncturing glib diagnoses of a generation’s shortcomings while producing a nuanced portrait of a marriage as precarious as Karl’s finances.

  • AudioFile Magazine Narrator Joe Gaminara keeps listeners right where the author wants them: teetering between perception and reality. When the fa�ade of financial stability surrounding Karl and his wife, Genevieve, collapses, Karl is offered an alternative to criminal prosecution: Both he and his wife must go through "The Transition," a self-help style boot camp. He jumps at the chance but then becomes skeptical. Are Stuart and Janna, their mentors, trying to drive a wedge between him and Genevieve? Is the program some elaborate scam? Gaminara lets Karl descend into paranoia as Genevieve rises in self-assurance. Gaminara's credible performance of the seesawing of their personalities makes the final outcome that much more poignant. K.W. � AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine
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