Alice Isn't Dead
December 26, 2018 2:57 PM - by Joseph Fink - Subscribe

Keisha's wife is dead. Or she's supposed to be. One day, Alice shows up in the background of a TV news story, staring directly at the camera. And then again. And again. Already riddled with anxiety, Keisha abandons her old life to become a truck driver, looking for the wife she no longer believes is dead and investigating the clues she left behind that may point to a larger, more sinister mystery. Based on the podcast of the same name by Joseph Fink (Welcome to Night Vale).
posted by DirtyOldTown (4 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
In my own personal headcanon, the unnamed friend of young Jeff from Denton, Texas is Cyrus. And he and Jeff practice twice a week in Jeff's bedroom for their death metal band, which is the best ever out of Denton, Texas.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:59 PM on December 26, 2018 [2 favorites]

The setup for this was great. But the Jumping the Shark moment is super easy to identify: when the Thistle Men are unmasked as KKK-type dudes who went over the edge and the world responds to the story with indifference. I absolutely get why that hopeless take would resonate in a kind of fatalistic way in 2018. But it comes across like a wet fart. Then, after that, the novel does a bunch of clumsy fast forwarding and stumbles its way to a lazy ending.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:11 PM on December 26, 2018 [1 favorite]

Considering that Joseph Fink made a podcast with John Darnielle about the music of The Mountain Goats, and they started with that song, I think it’s probably more than just your headcanon!
posted by beandip at 4:54 AM on December 27, 2018 [1 favorite]

Loved the podcast, not sure if I want to re-experience it in book form.
posted by jazon at 6:33 AM on December 27, 2018

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