Goliath

A Novel

336 pages

English language

Published Jan. 21, 2022 by Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom.

ISBN:
978-1-250-78295-3
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In the 2050s, Earth has begun to empty. Those with the means and the privilege have departed the great cities of the United States for the more comfortable confines of space colonies. Those left behind salvage what they can from the collapsing infrastructure. As they eke out an existence, their neighborhoods are being cannibalized. Brick by brick, their houses are sent to the colonies, what was once a home now a quaint reminder for the colonists of the world that they wrecked.

A primal biblical epic flung into the future, Goliath weaves together disparate narratives—a space-dweller looking at New Haven, Connecticut as a chance to reconnect with his spiraling lover; a group of laborers attempting to renew the promises of Earth’s crumbling cities; a journalist attempting to capture the violence of the streets; a marshal trying to solve a kidnapping—into a richly urgent mosaic about race, class, gentrification, and who …

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Sure to be banned in Florida, and probably Tennessee as well.

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Content warning mild spoilers about story arc

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I finished listening to the audiobook, and can definitively say that this book was not meant for me.

I mean that in two very different ways:

First, this book definitely wasn't what I was expecting when I gave it a shot. It checks the post-apocalyptic sci-fi box, but neglects basically everything else on the list of what I was looking for at the time. That's not the fault of the author, but a fault of my expectations. This was a very literary read, and aside from the setting being sci-fi, this could basically have been a deep literary fiction read and I'd never question it. It's got a very large cast that tells their stories nonsequentially, and aside from some general character POV overlaps, doesn't really impact each other. There's also no real story exactly, nothing the story is working towards except to give each character the space to tell …

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