Reward System – Jem Calder
‘Reward System is an exhilarating and beautiful book by an extraordinarily gifted writer. Reading these stories, I found myself thinking newly and differently about contemporary life.’ SALLY ROONEY
Julia has landed a fresh start – at a ‘pan-European’ restaurant. ‘Imagine that,’ says her mother. ‘I’m imagining.’ Nick is flirting with sobriety and nobody else. Did you know: adults his age are now more likely to live with their parents than a romantic partner? Life should have started to take shape by now – but instead we’re trying on new versions of ourselves, swiping left and right, searching for a convincing answer to that question: ‘What do you do?’ Reward System is a set of ultra-contemporary and electrifyingly fresh fictions about a generation on the cusp; the story of two people enmeshed in Zooms and lockdowns, loneliness and love.