Who knew the literary world could be so combative? Sure a bit of a rivalry really ups the tension in a book, and can keep the plot rolling along – but I was surprised of late the number of books I could find that lay that competition out right from the get go. Oh well, at least you know what you’re getting into:
Eleanor vs. Ike by Robin Gerber: alternative history that explores what might have happened if Eleanor Roosevelt had run against Dwight Eisenhower in the 1952 US Presidential Election.
Bear v. Shark by Chris Bachelder: I like the way this quote from Publishers Weekly sums this book up: “Reading like Don DeLillo on acid, Bachelder’s brilliant, bizarre debut is a futuristic one-joke novel about a whimsical confrontation between two unlikely predators.”
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World by Bryan Lee O’Malley: the second title in the graphic novel series with a local connection. Author Bryan Lee O’Malley used to live in Halifax, and Scott Pilgrim – the rocker whose romantic antics form the basis of the series – is named after a song by Halifax 1990s band Plumtree.
State versus Justice by Gallatin Warfield: the murder of a child and an old rivalry between two lawyers form the basis of this novel. Throw in some cold war politics and the fact that the accused is a known criminal and you’ve got the makings of a compelling legal thriller.