Waiting On Wednesday - Christian Nation: A Novel by Frederic C. Rich

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Christian Nation: A Novel by Frederic C. Rich
July 1, 2013 (W. W. Norton & Company)

“They said what they would do, and we did not listen. Then they did what they said they would do.”

So ends the first chapter of this brilliantly readable counterfactual novel, reminding us that America’s Christian fundamentalists have been consistently clear about their vision for a “Christian Nation” and dead serious about acquiring the political power to achieve it. When President McCain dies and Sarah Palin becomes president, the reader, along with the nation, stumbles down a terrifyingly credible path toward theocracy, realizing too late that the Christian right meant precisely what it said.

In the spirit of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, one of America’s foremost lawyers lays out in chilling detail what such a future might look like: constitutional protections dismantled; all aspects of life dominated by an authoritarian law called “The Blessing,” enforced by a reconfigured Internet known as the “Purity Web.” Those who defy this system, among them the narrator, live on the edges of society, sustained by the belief that democracy will rise to triumph over such tyrannical oppression.

I'm a huge fan of alternate histories and future dystopias, especially those with an edge. This sounds like a wildly dangerous read, with an chilling glimpse into the future.


  1. Haven't heard of that one! Dystopians are hard for me to get into sometimes. But still hope you enjoy this one!

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  2. I love dystopians! Hadn't heard of this one before. Thanks for sharing! Adding to GR.

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  3. I hadn't read of this one before but it sounds like a really good one.
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  4. Alternate history is fun, especially when its something from a past not too long ago :) Great choice!!!

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  5. Alternative histories can be interesting, but I gotta be honest- this seems like shooting fish in a barrel to me.


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