City Paper is not for tourists
James Boice grew up in Centreville, Va., and fled as soon as possible. But the New York City resident is still obsessed with Northern Virginia: His second novel is titled NoVA, and his new book, The Good and the Ghastly, is set there—albeit in the 34th century. It depicts a postapocalyptic society in which Northern Virginia is its own state, deer are pets, and Visa is the corporate overlord of everything. The story follows a young gangster and a revenge-minded mother, but their violent adventures give Boice a chance to punch out satirical social observations with the rage of a type A dude caught in Beltway traffic. His nervous prose recalls the tough-minded bluntness of Bret Easton Ellis and Chuck Palahniuk—though Boice claims The Good and the Ghastly was inspired instead by two Williams: Shakespeare and Faulkner.
James Boice discusses his book at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.