Friday, September 11, 2009

Everything Matters!

Imagine you’ve known from the moment you were born when and how the world was going to end. When you know how everything on Earth dies, how do you manage to create a life for yourself? This is the situation Junior Thibodeau finds himself in. While still in utero, a mysterious voice makes itself known to Junior and explains that in a little over 36 years, on June 15, 2010 (at 3:44 p.m. EST) a comet will hit the Earth and instantly vaporize every combustible thing on it. Everything Matters!, by Ron Currie, Jr., tells us the story of Junior and his family while raising some very big questions about life, the universe, and existence itself. There's also a little bit about baseball. There are chapters told from the point of view of Junior, the various members of his family, and a mysteriously omniscient narrative collective that speaks directly to Junior in numbered paragraphs counting down to the inevitable end. Can the fourth smartest person in the history of humanity save the world? Even if he does, will that solve anything? Good questions. Do the answers matter? Yes.

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