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The Big Bang Paperback – November 18, 2012
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Neighbor Will Pierce-Cohn has a litany of concerns aimed at the developer of Melody Mountain Ranch and goes door to door in hopes of fomenting anger--and gathering signatures on his multi-faceted petitions.
Maryellen Griffin is desperate to shed a few pounds to get below her current 102, a "dismal" number. She savors the peppermint flavor on her toothpaste.
Real estate agent Laney Estridge managed to sell a property on Winding Valley Circle by "downplaying the minor explosion that resulted in $30,000 of Meth lab cleanup costs."
Frank Griffin has multiple goals--to become a spiritual leader in South Metro Denver and use his position on the homeowners' association to meet all his needs, including repurposing land designated for a "mega playground" for a more "lofty" purpose, a church.
Frank's daughter, Eva, is studying Covens Made Simple. Her head warlock is Tyler Pierce-Cohn and they quickly induct two fellow teens as "Dedicants" so they can reach their magic number in the group to make the coven official, 13.
This is all the first few pages of Linda Joffe Hull's The Big Bang, a delicious skewering of suburban lives, politics, religion and modern, upper-middle-class white people problems. It's "Weeds" meets John Updike's "Couples" with the satire dial set to slow, steady braise. Mary-Louise Parker's Nancy Botwin would recognize these surroundings, down to the laced brownies, and so would Kevin Spacey's Lester Burnham from "American Beauty," right down the tumble of themes from sex and redemption and search for liberation.
The focus of The Big Bang is Hope Jordan and what becomes a mystery, of sorts.Read more ›
If you've ever lived in a neighborhood with an active HOA, on some level you can identify with at least some of the HOA antics in this book. Living in an HOA active neighborhood myself, I found myself quite amused at this aspect of the book and the characters that played into that storyline.
However, there were other characters that I found to be interesting, and kept waiting to find out where they were going to fit more into the story line, but they were never expounded more upon. A friendship that seems like it is more than just a heterosexual friendship. The pastor's daughter who is into witchcraft and her friends is another set of characters that seem like they are going to be of significance, but then are left dangling in the story.
The ending was both hard to swallow as plausible for some characters, and for others, cliche. It was a book I wanted to love, wanted to be pulled into, but yet found myself having to just get through it the deeper I got into it. I was disappointed all the mentioned characters weren't resolved as to how the really fit into the story.
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While a fun read, the characters never really felt fully developed. I kept thinking it would get better and then I just wanted to finish it to see who the dad was and still felt... Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by dawndlee
I did not like this book. Slow and not interesting at all. Not what I expected. Can not even finish the whole thing.Published on August 5, 2013 by Donna M. Glass
I thought this was a fun, fast read and very well written. The characters were memorable, and I had a smile on my face much of the time!Published on May 29, 2013 by Theresa Alan
This novel is very funny as a send-up of suburban life, and has a very satisfying conclusion. Real-estate developers, homeowners' associations, and superficial churches are all... Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by bibliophile
Almost desperate housewives like, but very entertaining. Recommended to a friend who also enjoyed reading it. Why do I have to write 4 more words?Published on March 11, 2013 by Cheryl Coneeny
Recommended to my momma.
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This enjoyable read displays a great sense of humor, making serious points about living in the suburbs. A remarkable first book.Published on December 10, 2012 by Terry Bloomberg