- UFOs (Check)
- Cult celebrities who believe they are aliens (Check)
- Lynchian violence, murder, and incest (Double check)
- Creepy, brutal prose, hypnotic and daring (Triple check)
M31: A Family Romance by Stephen Wright.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Ozzie and Harriet on bad peyote: Dash and Dot—cult icons of the E.T. - I WANT TO BELIEVE circuit, living out their obsessions and a shared psychosis in an empty church in the middle of nowhere America. Yes, maybe they are aliens from a planet called M31. Yes, maybe they have a spaceship (sort of). Yes, maybe this is a scathing satire of unnerving crash and broken bone.
When Gwen and Beale, UFO groupies, stumble into Dash and Dot's lair nothing is what it appears. It's worse. To wit, Publishers Weekly: "...the descriptions etch the particulars of this madness in exceptionally striking detail: the references to a world readers can recognize, seen through the perspective of the fringe-dwelling family, render our world of media and mass culture as alien as the unseen M31."
Just freaked me all kinds of hairy out. And that's my Friday forgotten book.