Thursday, April 20, 2017

Before the Fall

Before the Fall: a Novel / Noah Hawley, 391 pp.

A blockbuster of a book, about the crash of a private luxury plane into the Atlantic and its aftermath.  Great suspense, strong conclusion, and terrific scenes of the survivors in the moments immediately following the crash.  My favorite bits involved the fictionalized Bill O'Reilly/Fox News, called Bill Cunningham/ALC Network, although no one will be fooled by the name change.   Hawley skewers them wonderfully, but he is nearly as cruel to the Brooklyn hipster types, as portrayed by Doug, uncle to a survivor.

I really liked Hawley's The Good Father, although I can see why Before the Fall was more popular.

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