My buddy David Schwartz's novel Superpowers
was released in the U.K. this week. There are four more days until it comes out in the US, but I'm excited about it now
, so I'm going to direct you to Niall Harrison's astute review
I will add only three remarks: first, this is a beautifully written novel that managed to give me a specific type of reading pleasure I usually only get from superhero comic books, which, considering how much I love me a good superhero comic book, was a wonderful surprise. The second thing I would like to point out about this book is that it takes place in Madison, Wisconsin, down the road from where I live. I have become sufficiently Madisonian to feel thrilled about this. The third thing: David Schwartz has put together a story that takes us from a place of hopeful optimism and open possibility, through an awareness of the limitations of that starry-eyed idealism in coping with everyday human problems, and ultimately to a post-9/11 sense of helplessness and reassessment of the uses of power in the face of the complex evils that actually lurk in the hearts of men, including our own. Along the way we get fun real-world characters with superpowers -- superpowers
, people! -- and it's a damn good read. Go get it.