Adult Fantasy: Searching For True Maturity In An Age Of Mortgages, Marriages, And Other Adult Milestones by Briohny DoyleAdult Fantasy: Searching For True Maturity In An Age Of Mortgages, Marriages, And Other Adult Milestones by Briohny Doyle

Adult Fantasy: Searching For True Maturity In An Age Of Mortgages, Marriages, And Other Adult…

byBriohny Doyle

Paperback | November 24, 2017

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'I pictured myself a wine-dark streak in a TV desert, ears too full of the summer wind to hear that ominous ticking in the sky: the sound of a cultural clock counting me out of youth.' Briohny Doyle turned thirty without a clear idea of what her adult life should look like. The world she lived in, with its global economic uncertainty, political conservatism, and precarious employment conditions, didn't match the one her parents grew up in. Every day she read editorials about how her millennial cohort - dubbed the 'Peter Pan generation' - were reluctant to embrace the traditional markers of adulthood: a stable job, a house in the suburbs, a nuclear family.But do these emblems of maturity mean the same thing today as they did thirty years ago? In a smart and spirited enquiry, Doyle examines whether millennials are redefining what it means to be an adult today. Blending personal essay and cultural critique, she ventures into the big claims of philosophy and the neon buzz of pop culture to ask: in a rapidly changing world, do the so-called adult milestones distract us from other measures of maturity?
Briohny Doyle is a writer and academic, and an inaugural winner of the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers. In 2017, she was a recipient of an Endeavour Fellowship for research based at Yale and the University of California, Santa Cruz, and was nominated for the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year. Her debut novel, The ...
Title:Adult Fantasy: Searching For True Maturity In An Age Of Mortgages, Marriages, And Other Adult…Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.23 × 5.66 × 0.94 inPublished:November 24, 2017Publisher:Scribe PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781925322163


Editorial Reviews

Smart, insightful, and a pleasure to read, seamlessly combining serious analysis with wry asides.'FOUR AND A HALF STARS'Briohny Doyle brings a sobering and deeply insightful perspective to the intergenerational war over what it means to be an adult.''A deeply insightful exploration of how traditional milestones can be both outmoded and repressive ... A thoughtful book on the future of young people.''Thoughtful, insightful and genuinely worth the time. Weaving together historical context, observation and her own laugh-out-loud-funny experiences, Adult Fantasy is cleverly written and very readable ... Doyle's academic smarts lend the book cred, [bringing] rigour to a subject usually shrouded in hysteria and outrage. Boomers and generation X will get just as much out of reading as younger people ... Adult Fantasy is the beginning of a conversation about generationalism that Australia sorely needs to have. And Doyle has kicked it off in a careful, considered and compassionate way.''Briohny Doyle moves beyond generationalism to explore fledgling adulthood and the failures of neoliberalism with a sharp, lucid eye. Always warmhearted and frank, and often poignant, Adult Fantasy is a vital examination of what it means to come of age today.''Doyle observes - and writes - with extraordinary clarity and intellect ... [This is] a wholesale, redoubtable response to a sort of sour intergenerational bluster ... A few pages in, I started picturing Doyle as the Lorax: a beautiful mind, alone on a platform above the fray, bitter and wise and weary.''Rising from the ashes of a tired argument [of conflict between boomers and millennials] is Adult Fantasy, guided by a lively voice and dark humour ... The style, a mash of personal essay and cultural criticism, is a regular feature of American nonfiction and exploded in 2015 with Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts . Similarly, Doyle critiques culture through self, and is tightly reined in her use of personal anecdotes ... Firmly establishing a growing nonfiction genre.' 'Adult Fantasy is a thoughtful, honest, and engaging examination of the myths and realities of adulthood. It's a real pleasure to accompany Doyle as she tugs at the threads of conventional adulthood and then re-weaves them into something softer, messier, and far more forgiving.''It's dangerous to declare anyone the voice of your generation, but if Briohny Doyle was declared the voice of mine, I'd be nothing short of honoured. In this book, she somehow articulates and refines every foggy frustration and anxiety millennials feel about their status, place in life, and where they're headed. This is a book of consolation - reminding us we're not insane or alone - and revelation, by asking all the right questions and finding answers that never fail to surprise and help.''A consolation to any underachiever, bursting with wry humour and sharp insight, while unearthing the contradictions of western cultural narratives.''Doyle's voice is a mix of cynicism, wryness and impatient desire to shrug off the inheritance of adulthood and not give a shit. Nihilism mingles with paralysing self-awareness. She doesn't pretend to speak for her generation, but her observational humour and emotional openness make it impossible for the reader not to relate to her struggle.''A blend of personal essay and cultural criticism from one of Australia's best emerging practitioners of the form ... [Doyle] is emerging as one of Australia's best essayists.''Briohny Doyle gets it ... a well-informed and heartfelt meditation on growing up" in the strange first decades of the twenty-first century. [This is] a smart read for anyone who suspects they might be an adult, but doesn't know how to be sure. This book helps you understand and, maybe more importantly, helps you feel understood.''I loved this book. I found myself underlining so much of it that I thought I may as well give up annotating, lest I render it unreadable; often I found myself reading it and nodding vigorously in agreement ... An absorbing mix of memoir and social critique for anyone curious about millennial ennui. I want to give this book to everyone I know.''Brilliant ... nuanced and engrossing ... [Doyle] is intrepid and brutal, but only towards herself. She spills her doubt and angst yet she sallies onward, never judging or whining, always entertaining, open-hearted and open-minded ... If you're a millennial, or you love one, or you hope to live long enough to see the world governed by them, you should be reading Briohny Doyle.''A joy to read ... a thoughtful consideration of what getting older looks and feels like to one woman.'' Adult Fantasy is like a gut-punch from L'Etranger and a balm for anti-Gen Y rhetoric. Confronting, existential, tremendous.'"