Matt Ruff - The Mirage

On Valentine’s Day we are doing something entirely different.  A Tuesday author event at  6:00 PM.  And this author is going to give you plenty to talk about later in the evening over an intimate dinner.  Matt Ruff will give a presentation on his latest book, The Mirage.  What if the Twin Towers were not in New York but in Baghdad?  11/9/2001 Christian fundamentalists hijack four jetliners and slam two of them into the Tigris and Euphrates World Trade Centers in Baghdad. The third Jetliner crashes into the Arab Defense Ministry in Riyadh. Courageous passengers bring down the fourth jet before it can reach its intended target, thought to be the Holy city Mecca.  In 2009 Homeland Security is dealing with suicide bombers while the Marines are trying to subdue the insurgents wrecking havoc in Virginia.  Yet there are nebulous hints that this world is all a mirage. Mustafa al Baghdadi, a Homeland Security Agent, keeps hearing odd stories when he interrogates suicide bombers.  All the usual suspects show up: Sadaam Hussein, Bushes 1 and 2, Osama, and there is a marvelous cameo with Lyndon Baines Johnson. Bold, brash and brilliant, Mirage turns the world upside down and gives it a good shake.  I liked the characters a lot!  Mustafa is a sympathetic, intelligent man. Amal is a woman working in a very male dominated society, she is whip smart, an integral part of Mustafa’s team but has her own battles to fight.  This is the best sort of book, a great story that keeps you turning pages, makes you laugh at times, and definitely makes you think.  Matt Ruff’s other books include Bad Monkeys, Set This House In Order, Fool on the Hll, and Sewer Gas & Electric.   Matt is an inventive, talented author, and I think this is his best book! 

Author events are free and great fun. Refreshments will be served and there will be drawings for door prizes.  Sign up to attend by calling 541-593-2525, e-mailing, or stopping by Sunriver Books & Music.


Event date: 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Event address: 

PO Box 1990
Sunriver Village Building 25C
97707 Sunriver
Bad Monkeys: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061240423
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 12th, 2008

Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060954857
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 20th, 2004

Sewer, Gas & Electric (Public Works Trilogy (Grove Press)) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802141552
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Published: Grove Press - September 10th, 2004

Fool on the Hill Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802135353
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Published: Grove Press - December 8th, 1997