You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Books

Book Review

‘This Is Your Captain Speaking’ by Jon Methven

To attempt a detailed plot summary of Jon Methven’s relentlessly inventive debut novel would be folly, so I’ll stick to the essentials.

A plane carrying 162 passengers loses power and makes a miraculous emergency landing in the Hudson River, propelling the pilot to instant media stardom. It is here that the novel departs, rather hysterically, from recent real-life events. The crash, it seems, is a stunt engineered by a diabolical public relations man, known as Blackie Spin, to save the failing airline. Two passengers — a disgraced celebrity reporter named Lucy Springer and a man named Normal Fulk, who traffics in celebrity semen — get wise to the hoax.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week