Journal of a UFO Investigator by David Halperin
Viking / On Sale: February 3, 2011
“The UFO fell from the sky on the night of December 20, 1962, the week of my thirteenth birthday. The event itself, after more than three years, I recall with perfect clarity. Many of its circumstances, however, have blurred in my mind …” So begins David Halperin’s enthralling debut novel: JOURNAL OF A UFO INVESTIGATOR (Viking / On-Sale: February 3, 2011 / ISBN: 9780670022458/ 304pgs./ $25.95).
Set against the backdrop of the troubled 60’s, the novel weaves together compelling psychological drama and vivid outer space fantasy. Danny Shapiro, an awkward, lonely teen with a terminally ill mother and a hostile father, turns to an imaginative universe to escape his crumbling home life. He enters the world of UFOs when a glowing red disk tumbles down upon him from the night sky, and his home is mysteriously burglarized not long afterward. He becomes drawn into the “Super-Science Society,” a group of intellectually and sexually precocious adolescents who have as their emblem the trisected angle. Soon he’s fallen for one of the “Super-Scientists,” the beautiful, seductive Rochelle.
Praise for JOURNAL OF A UFO INVESTIGATOR
“A thrilling romp through the domain of aliens and spacecraft, Halperin’s highly entertaining coming-of-age tale poses questions about the real and the imagined and suggests that fusing the two might be the only way to survive adolescence.”
“Set in the mid-1960s, religious studies professor Halperin’s gripping debut is less about aliens than alienation. . . .[T]his heartbreaking coming-of-age story of a boy losing and finding his way in this and other worlds will resonate with many readers.”