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American Fever: A Tale of Romance & Pestilence
     

American Fever: A Tale of Romance & Pestilence

by Peter Christian Hall
 

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A young libertarian flu fighter huddles at home in New York’s East Village, blogging about a devastating avian flu pandemic as he sells masks, gloves, and goggles over the Internet. An intriguing, vexing woman stalks him while he delves into the mysteries of influenza and serves up colorful commentary on the chaos swirling around—and within—his

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A young libertarian flu fighter huddles at home in New York’s East Village, blogging about a devastating avian flu pandemic as he sells masks, gloves, and goggles over the Internet. An intriguing, vexing woman stalks him while he delves into the mysteries of influenza and serves up colorful commentary on the chaos swirling around—and within—his world.

When 'Count Blogula' gets involved with some lively community flu activists, he collides with a government bent on controlling Americans as if they were viral intruders. With the U.S. staggering through a kind of national Katrina—Chinatown a smoky ruin, Atlanta evacuated, Houston blown up—he must fight both the system and the contagion to save his life and love.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
“A modern take on Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year ... The novel is well researched and notable for pointing out what we know, or perhaps more importantly don’t know, about influenza ... perfectly captures the unique tone often struck by even the most professional bloggers ... intimate slices of life amid the horror, inspirational impressions of perseverance and survival in a time of great crisis.”
Court Merrigan
"By far the best stab at the future of the novel I've seen ... The story of a flu-obsessed blogger who predicts a flu pandemic and then records its ravages, Hall taps into a deep literary vein of paranoia ... This novel-as-blog soon had me wiping down every surface in reach with disinfectant ... You’re missing something if you miss American Fever.”
The Devil's Accountant
“A very clever work of fiction ... Hall is a keen social observer ... You’ll find yourself clicking next page after next page.”
Midwest Book Review
"Biting political commentary interlaces the suspenseful, near-apocalyptic main narrative ... Suspenseful and terrifying, American Fever will keep the reader glued to the page until the very end."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013758100
Publisher:
Publish Green
Publication date:
01/12/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Peter Christian Hall is a writer and filmmaker who was raised in upstate New York and now lives in New York City. He has written for Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, the New York Times, Reuters.com, and The Big Money and served as executive editor at Financial World.

Hall wrote, produced, and directed Delinquent, a feature film (with an original score from Gang of Four) that the Los Angeles Times called: “a highly accomplished work [that] marks a stunning feature debut for writer-director Peter Hall, who never makes a false move as he builds suspense right from the start.”

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