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Big bang : a nonfiction novel / David Bowman ; introduction by Jonathan Lethem.

Bowman, David, 1957-2012 author. (Author).
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  • 3 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bagley Public Library BOW (Text) 33500012840039 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library BOW (Text) 33500012840047 New Available -
Godel Memorial-Warren Library BOW (Text) 35500006127755 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780316560238
  • ISBN: 0316560235
  • Physical Description: xxiii, 595 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: Set in the 1950's, this epic, Warholian novel presents a brilliant and wholly original take on the years leading up to the Kennedy assassination. Where were you when you first heard President Kennedy had been shot? This is a question most people can answer, even if the answer is "I wasn't born yet." In this epic novel, David Bowman makes the strong case that the shooting on November 22nd, 1963 was the major, defining turning point that catapulted the world into an entirely new stratosphere. It was the second big bang.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 April #1
    *Starred Review* This exceptional, posthumously published novel plays around spectacularly with recent American history. In fact, it is a kaleidoscopic reassessment of the postwar period, not all factual, though written as if it were. The seeming coincidences and odd connections are provocative and often quite funny (as in Lucille Ball's congressional testimony about communism), if not quite as conspiratorial as is implied. The extensive and well-chosen cast of characters includes Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret, J. D. Salinger, Dr. Spock, Jackson Pollack, E. Howard Hunt, Norman Mailer, the Edsel, William Burroughs, Montgomery Clift, Howard Hughes, Jimi Hendrix, Ngo Dinh Diem, his brother Nhu Dinh Nhu and his wife (Madame Nhu), Pat and Richard Nixon, Jackie and John F. Kennedy. It begins, and ends, fittingly, on the day of Kennedy's assassination, though it jumps back and forth in time throughout. It has echoes of Don DeLillo, who, according to the introduction by Jonathan Lethem, was a favorite of Bowman's; it also strongly evokes, in its mixture of fiction and reality, some of the work of E. L. Doctorow and Robert Coover. The novel's staccato style (suggesting James Ellroy), its sexual explicitness, and the numerous celebrities who strut and fret upon the stage combine to make this graphic and oddly nostalgic book a provocative and absorbing read. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Born in Racine, Wisconsin on December 8, 1957, David Bowman's interest in writing first emerged while studying music at the Interlochen Arts Academy High School. He briefly attended Putney College in Vermont, before moving to New York to write while working as a bartender and as a clerk at a bookstore. His works include Let the Dog Drive, Bunny Modern, and This Must Be the Place. He died from a cerebral hemorrhage in 2012 at the age of 54.

Subject: Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 > Assassination > Fiction.
FICTION / Absurdist.
FICTION / Historical.
FICTION / Literary.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Humorous fiction.
Historical fiction.
Humorous fiction.
Nonfiction novels.

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