Boomer 1 is an intensely written examination of the lives of millennials vs. baby boomers told in three points of view. Mark Brumfield, a millennial, finds himself unemployed, lonely, and with rising debt in NYC. He, like many others, moves back home. From his parent's basement in suburban Baltimore, he begins a series of videos on the Dark Web as Boomer1, ranting against baby boomers who continue to maintain a hold on the job market, as well as comfortable success. This incites a movement of acts, ultimately violent, on baby boomers and their institutions. Another perspective is that of Cassie Black. Cassie and Mark were band mates and lovers. She would not marry him and they parted ways. Cassie keeps in touch with him, yet she rises to a highly successful career in media and video. She provides a sense of balance and stability in this story. Julia is Mark's mother. The reader is given interesting insight to her youth as a gifted and hip musician in the 1960's music scene. She now lives, ironically, as a reclusive housewife suffering from major hearing loss in a comfortable lifestyle. She is oblivious to Mark's growing involvement in the movement within the confines of her own home. This novel provides so many thought-provoking angles. Torday's writing is driven by his characters. It is wry, humorous, ironic, and, at the same time, empathetic.
Boomer1 by Daniel Torday ($27.99*, St. Martin's Press), recommended by The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC.