Magazine October 20, 2008, Issue

Carpe Christo

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Supreme Courtship, by Christopher Buckley (Twelve, 285 pp., $24.99)

Christopher Buckley doesn’t merely observe the zeitgeist better than anyone else on the planet. He anticipates it — and routinely has a new novel finished at the precise moment when everyone else is about to notice that something is afoot.

Call it premature instinct. Whatever it is, he seems to have intuited that one Sarah Palin — a made-for-TV, gun-totin’, caribou-kickin’ frontier woman — was about to emerge, suddenly and improb­ably, onto the national political scene. Which is to say, Supreme Courtship’s female protagonist, Perdita “Pepper” Cartwright, is eerily Palinesque, a literary doppelganger so true that you begin to wonder which

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