BOON JUSTER or The Reason for Everything

by Garth Hallberg

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This book is great fun! On one level it is a four day Marxian (Groucho, Chico, et al) romp by middle age prep school buddies searching for the truth about one of their own—the great Boon Juster...Did he reallly land on the moon and hit a baseball while he was up there?...On another level, this highly literate story makes you wonder what we should believe, no matter who's providing the information. — Charles Guariglia

Mad Men meets James Elroy! A frantic conspiracy featuring Madison Avenue, The Media, the Military Industrial Complex, the Manhattan real estate market, the Apollo Program, loony billionaires and high school baseball. Somehow Hallberg mashes this all together with a hearty dash of American non-exceptionalism and comes out with a story culminating in a wacky chase leading to a faux burial and a finish that keeps you guessing. — Robert I.

Compelling Page-Turner! When you read the first 100 pages of a novel and have to force yourself to put it down because you have the rest of your life to live, it's a good sign. So it was when I read Garth Hallberg's "Boon Juster." — Gabe Schechter

Was the Apollo Program the Apogee of America and American Culture? A line is a succession of dots, and Garth Hallberg is the most recent dot in a line of indigenous writers—Cooper, Hawthorne, Melville, James—who have asked what kind of country do we intend to make for ourselves in America...."Boon Juster or The Reason for Everything" is a provocative and important book of social satire. It is well-written in an incredibly witty style. Hallberg is an omnsicient master of popular culture, and he confronts us at each an every turn with its omni-presence to the point that its denigrated values are no longer deniable. — F.W. Dupee


A fun, fast-paced read! What do you get when you mix together an eclectic cast of colorful characters in a well-written, rapidly paced, often funny story full of zigs and zags? You get Boon Juster! — Sandy Morrissey

Perspective and faith is easy to lose in today's world. This novel gets you thinking about what is and what is not. Friends, bosses, teachers, family members,government workers each shape what you know is true and given. Boon Juster pokes at each of these and tests out the foundations of our American touchstones. Baseball and space discovery play a large part in this must read novel. Yet, Hallberg covers a multitude of topics from male BFFs to coming of age and even touches on love. His characters are flawed and quirky, just as most of the real people you may know...Unlike many novels that are men's reads or 'for the ladies', this book has something to offer all. I came away knowing more, and surprisingly, believing more in human nature. — Patty Lyon

Boon is a hoot! Just finished reading Boon Juster, and I hope Alzheimer sets in (temporarily) so I could read it again. I haven't had so much fun turning the pages in a long time. The protagonist, Tom Hammock, was a refreshing change to the run-of-the-mill protagonist that populate so many books I've tried lately. — Marvin Waldman

An Unpredictable Novel! A novel worth reading requires that the reader see and feel suspense and intrigue I found in Boon Juster. Without this you would just stop reading. I found the development of the characters captivating and believable. The story didn't tire me out like so many books and honestly I didn't see the ending at all. I vote for Tom Hanks to play the part of Tom Hammock. — Peter Flatow

An Engrossing Read! It was like listening to a raga: slow and simple at first but then ending with a mass of themes and almost breakneck speed...I won't give the story away except to say it is sort of a mystery, sort of a love story (a love that never quite came off), a spoof of the American upper moneyed class, and a rather sad story about an American hero. It also is very funny throughout...Hallberg, the author, is obviously very bright. And he must be a hard worker; some of the details about the first moon landing reflect deep research (although the research is not rubbed in the reader's face.) And he writes with a flourish and with flair. Go and read it. — Arthur Kover