Picks and Pans Review: Mission to America
by Walter Kirn
In Walter Kirn’s hilarious fourth novel, two Mormon-like separatists descend from their Montana mountaintop to find new blood for the gene pool. As they tour the American West, Kirn doesn’t miss a chance to skewer consumerism, New Ageism and ski-town magnates. The barbs are spot-on and the apostles, with their naiveté about everything from Cheetos and Wiccans to reality TV, are hopelessly endearing.