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What in God's Name by Simon Rich
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Mar 06, 13

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Read on March 06, 2013

Inventive, funny, and clever, What in God's Name tells the story of two angels in the Department of Miracles, Craig and Eliza, and two humans on Earth, Sam and Laura. When Craig makes a bet with God, the fate of the world rests on Sam and Laura's oblivious shoulders. An original, enjoyably blasphemous imagining of heaven as a company with a careless CEO.

Quotes (last one is a mini-spoiler):

There were a lot of fun things to do in heaven. But none were as thrilling as what you could do on Earth. (Craig, 29)

Earth was just as frustrating as a Rubik's Cube. It was impossible to fix something without making another thing even worse. (God, 45)

"Just because you give the humans something doesn't mean they'll take advantage of it. They're like goldfish. You can drop something right in front of their faces and they'll just ignore it. Do you know how long it was before humans tried fruit? Like, a thousand years. For a while they just walked up to the trees, poked at them with sticks, and ran away." (God to Craig, 69)

A younger Archangel pounded his fist against the boardroom table. "Hey!" he said. "Let's make crop circles!"
God poured himself a drink. "Oh, what the heck," he said. "It's Friday." (155)

*spoiler alert*

Eliza shrugged. "Just, you know, you picked us to get into heaven. So we must be good people."
God laughed. "That's not what it's based on."
"It's not?"
"Nah."
"So...what is it?" Craig asked. "What're the criteria?"
"You guys don't know?"
"Just tell us," Eliza said.
God smiled. "It's rock skipping."
"You've got to get seven skips," God explained. "On any one throw."
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