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Breakfast with the Ones You Love by Eliot Fintushel
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Apr 20, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: apocalyptic, fantasy, weird, angels
Read in July, 2009

I picked this one up in the sci-fi section of a used bookstore, but I'm not sure that's where it belongs. Rather, I'd classify it as "too loopy for mainstream." Its narrator is one Lea Tillim, who has a voice and cadence not unlike Jack Kerouac, if Kerouac had been a tough-as-nails 16-year-old girl living on the street who'd developed the ability to deaden her face and kill people with her brain. Yeah, it's that kind of book.

Lea's sorry life takes a turn for the better when she hooks up with Jack Konar, a "Yid" who's turning a disused room in the back of a Sears into a spaceship that's going to fly him and the other Chosen Ones to meet God in the Garden of Eden, Ish-Ra-El. He's clearly crazy as a loon, until Lea starts to believe that maybe, just maybe, he's not. Jack needs her to protect him from the Evil One (whose agents are everywhere, of course) while he finishes painting the inside of his ship and gathering the Chosen Ones for paradise.

"Breakfast" takes as its premise what can only be described as a classic scizophrenic paranoid delusion, and says "what if it's true?" It's a neat spin, and it's surprising how uplifting the book becomes. After all, who doesn't like an Apocalypse with a happy ending?

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