The premise of Frederic C. Rich’s dystopian novel Christian Nation, released last month, is enough to make anyone shudder. It imagines what could have happened if McCain-Palin had won the 2008 presidential election, and if President McCain had died in office, leaving Ms. Palin to run the country.
In the book, Rich paints a disturbing portrait of a nation whose government slowly marches to the Right, eventually using martial law to implement full-blown theocratic rule. Against this backdrop he tells the stories of Sanjay, a gay internet entrepreneur who takes up the flag against the evangelical forces, and his friend Greg, a lawyer who at first tries to live his life despite these changes, but who eventually decides he cannot sit idly by.
What makes the novel scary, but also so engrossing, is that it doesn’t feel outside the realm of possibility.