“This Is Your Captain Speaking, Jon Methven’s relentlessly inventive debut novel about the aftermath of a plane’s miraculous safe crash landing in the Hudson, is a satire of American culture that includes vigorous jabs at all the relevant low-hanging fruit: reality TV producers, craven network executives, corrupt politicians, FBI dummkopfs, and so on. But more impressive than the brilliant send-ups are those moments when Methven focuses on the internal tribulations of his sprawling cast.
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