20!8: The Order of Athena vs The Orange Bastard is my favorite new novel (and not just because I was the editor)

E.L. Hopkins

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything here. My focus has been diverted elsewhere (mostly novels that haven’t gotten published), but now I’m back to tell everyone about my favorite book I’ve read in the last couple years (and like I said, not just because I was the editor, I swear). Anita Lobo was my best summer friend when I would visit my grandparents in Houston. She lived down the street and we would ride bikes and swim like maniacs. We lost touch for nearly 30 years, but reconnected and became penpals last summer. She was telling me about a novel she’d been working on. An absurd, comedic political thriller about parallel realities and Berenstein Bears, and of course, The Orange Bastard. And the characters were all going to share the names of famous people like Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey. I wasn’t sure what to think, honestly…

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