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David Shafer's Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

OPB | Aug. 3, 2014 10:28 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 8, 2014 3:06 p.m.

 

Portland writer and journalist David Shafer's new novel has drawn strong reviews for its imagining of three young people entangled in a vast corporate conspiracy.

By turns funny, poignant, and agitated, the book leads us through the lives of Leila, Leo, and Mark as they uncover a plot to expand data mining into nefarious territory. Shafer told us that during the seven years he worked on the book, "the world I lived in got weirder. The things I put in the book to make it more absurd came true the next day.”

While Shafer jokes in this Daily Beast essay that he's waited his entire life to become part of the kind of elaborate and tentacular conspiracy described in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, he never bargained for the novel's debut to fall smack in the middle of a negotiating war between his publisher's parent company and the world's largest online retailer, Amazon.

Listen to the above link for our full interview with Shafer, or try the link below to hear him read an extended excerpt from the book.

 

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