Before the Fall
May 8, 2017 12:37 PM - by Noah Hawley - Subscribe

On a foggy summer night, eleven people - ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of a wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.
posted by komara (1 comment total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The strongest lasting impression I have of this is how effectively it satirizes and skewers O'Reilly, even though that was mostly a sidestory. The second thing is that while the book includes a direct parallel to O'Reilly, its CEO character is nothing at all like Roger Ailes.

I like the way that he playfully subverts the usual tropes -- toying with the reader's eagerness to jump to conclusions about what caused the crash.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 10:03 PM on May 8, 2017

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