"THEY WERE ALL BORN AFTER THE FALL OF THE WALL
BUT BEFORE THE FALL OF THE TOWERS."

A dextrous novel centered around the current generation of American teenagers coming of age in a networked world highly conscious of violence and the apocalyptic, Echo of the Boom is literary fiction about the Call of Duty and The Hunger Games generation.  While the narrative spans the globe and jumps in time, much of the action orbits a near-past and present Washington D.C. as each of the four main characters wrestle with their notions of fear, power, mysticism, and the future. 

A dextrous novel centered around the current generation of American teenagers coming of age in a networked world highly conscious of violence and the apocalyptic, Echo of the Boom is literary fiction about the Call of Duty and The Hunger Games generation. 

While the narrative spans the globe and jumps in time, much of the action orbits a near-past and present Washington D.C. as each of the four main characters wrestle with their notions of fear, power, mysticism, and the future. 

Echo of the Boom

by Maxwell Neely-Cohen

Efram gets kicked out of every school in the known universe.

Molly is raised in total isolation by survivalists.

Steven grows up globetrotting with his ex-spy father.

Chloe rules three thousand students with an iron fist.  

A frenetic journey through contemporary youth culture, Echo of the Boom follows the lives of these four characters as their narratives orbit and intertwine.

They wage personal wars, grapple for power, and attempt to understand their roles in the future of society—or their destiny in hastening its destruction.

The result is a mesmerizing collection of triumphs and calamities, a chronicle brimming with the language of music, social networking, and video games. 

Equal parts Gossip Girl and Gravity’s Rainbow, Echo of the Boom is a generation defining novel, a new kind of literature explicitly suited to the twenty-first century.

Rare Bird Books, A Barnacle Book
Paperback, 2014: 9781940207179
US $18.00 | Fiction
Also available in ebook formats

A brave, funny, articulate new voice.
The Washingtonian
The novel is a coming-of-age story about finding meaning in our technologically advanced world as the end grows near.
Foreword Reviews
Maxwell Neely-Cohen was born and raised in Washington D.C., where he spent his teenage years skateboarding and DJing. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, he lives in New York City. Echo of the Boom is his first novel.

Maxwell Neely-Cohen was born and raised in Washington D.C., where he spent his teenage years skateboarding and DJing. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, he lives in New York City. Echo of the Boom is his first novel.

Maxwell Neely-Cohen was born and raised in Washington D.C., where he spent his teenage years skateboarding and DJing. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, he lives in New York City. Echo of the Boom is his first novel.

A brilliant dissection of American youth culture, Echo of the Boom tears apart the stereotypical depictions of young people and instead offers a searing, poignant, and achingly real alternative. Do not mistake it for fantasy, the result is a disturbing yet accurate description of how many young people navigate the world today.
Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes
 

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