We walked in to Blatt Beer & Table just in time to see the Cowboys lose to the Packers. Thankfully, the night improved, and Blatt served us well. Book Club certificate awards were handed out for 2016--Kristen taking the top award for the best book choice of last year (the-quiet-american-miss-chi.html). An honorable mention goes to Natalie for getting significantly higher ratings for her book choices than in the 2015. Sadly, Megan's ratings tanked after harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-the-magic-time-machine.html. We ended the night with a trip to Frost Gelato next door.
Yes, he meets aliens; yes, the aliens are anthropologically interesting; yes, there is a bit of mystery and discovery in the story--and yet--nothing much seems to happen. Faber sets up some interesting interpersonal dynamics between characters only to leave you wishing he had taken his creative set-up in different plot directions. At every fork in the plot, Faber takes the less interesting turn. Consequently, there isn't much satisfaction in the denouncement of this piece. What it did do, however, was take us along for a story. None of us found the book tedious, and reading it was an innocuous way to pass some hours.
The most interesting part of this story, perhaps, is the fact that Peter and Beatrice are treated as devout and intelligent evangelicals. The portrayal of their Christian faith is prominent and convincing--that's something rarely seen in fiction that is not specifically aimed at a believing audience. It's too bad Faber didn't have more of a sermon to give us.