Book of the Week #11

Big If by Mark Costello (New York: W. W. Norton, 2002)

A family living in Center Effing, NH has two children: one grows up to be a computer genius working on a game called Big If and the other becomes a Secret Service agent guarding the Vice President as he runs for President. This novel is the story of those children as adults. Much of this novel takes place in NH and much of it is odd -- yet very familiar. For example, the household with an answering machine message that contains, during primary season, all the political positions of the family members so that pollsters won't have to call back.

There was an interview with the author -- who lives in Massachusetts -- on Powells. com and another on Identity Theory.

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