Aidin is a twenty-four-year-old wealthy socialite who spends the majority of his time coercing women with money rather than charm, and has a penchant for drugs and bottle service at the sort of clubs most people can’t afford to get into. After a night of heavy partying, he awakes one morning completely vacant of any physical sensation, and through a near-fatal occurrence, comes to find his old life is behind him, whether he likes it or not.
Enter: Dr. Paradies, a progressive therapist who assigns Aidin a life list–a litany of 366 seemingly random items, ultimately designed to help cope with his ailment. Thus, a new addiction ensues for Aidin as he becomes completely enamored with following orders and directions that range from reviewing restaurants to handgun training, but most notably, a young woman named Dana who appears as Item #153 on his list.
Little by little, Aidin begins to understand how to use his disability to his advantage, whether it’s his endless stamina or his infinite endurance for pain–he adapts. But as the list continues and the items become increasingly more cryptic, Aidin begins to suspect this might be something more than therapy. The truth behind the condition will force him to make a life-altering decision.
**this title is currently out of print**
“Maybe it’s not fair to call someone this good, this edgy, and this original the next ‘anyone.’ Brandon Tietz stands alone with his masterful debut. But let me be unfair: take the best of Bret Easton Ellis’ minimalism and nihilism (complete with models and drugs and terrorists), Palahniuk’s outrageousness, and the rest (most of it actually) is the wholly original voice and vision of Brandon Tietz, and what you’re gripping in you sweaty hands is the harrowing, ball-busting, bright white burst of light that is Out of Touch.” -Joe McGinniss Jr., author of The Delivery Man
“Tietz writes with the precision of a surgeon. Not a word is wasted, not a word is misplaced.” -Michael Sonbert, author of We Are Oblivion
“Out of Touch reads like a journal of sensation loss, which would imply empathy for the character’s descent given another author’s hand. But Tietz dodges that mode and instead focuses on style, style, style. And I love him for it.” -Caleb J. Ross, author of Stranger Will
“Staggering between sympathetic and wretched, Aidin is a startlingly real reflection of our society. In him we see how far we’ve fallen and the heights we can aspire to reach. Tietz has crafted a beautiful novel of loss, identity, and loss of identity.” Nik Korpon, author of Stay God