The Virgin Missile Crisis by Dan Riley

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This October marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, and to celebrate an entire generation's escape from nuclear annihilation here comes The Virgin Missile Crisis, a comic novel that revisits those seven days when teenagers the world over faced the unsettling prospect of being part of the biggest virgin sacrifice in human history. 

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Dan Riley has been writing seriously ever since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 focused his boyish attention on his mortality. Since then, he's edited his school, college and local underground newspapers; written obituaries for the oldest newspaper in continuous publication in the US; and produced ad copy and corporate boilerplate. His five books published with Houghton Mifflin include The Red Sox Reader and The Dan Riley School for Girl: An Adventure in Home Schooling. And his play, Spinelli, was a winner of The Long Beach Playhouse's New Works Competition. His weekly blog, The Nobby Works, is dedicated to keeping the writing of Norman O. Brown linked to the times. He's happy to have lived long enough to see the launch of his first novel, The Virgin Missile Crisis.
Published May 26, 2012 by The Nobby Works. 280 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Maintaining a brisk pace throughout the novel, Riley liberally sprinkles in humorous phrases, as when Marty, rather than play the accordion badly, only pretends to press the keys “without depressing them, or the audience.” The narrative occasionally leaves Marty to focus on JFK, where the sex com...

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