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Duck and Cover
Selected as a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year," DUCK AND COVER is a "wicked black comedy" of a family who fights their wars "on the home front." As one of the MacKenzie children says, "The way nuclear families are put together, it just makes sense they would explode."

In this "bittersweet and utterly beguiling novel," (Publisher's Weekly) each of the MacKenzie family tells their stories in nine, wildly opposed points of view. Starting at a family reunion, three generations of the MacKenzies face off against each other. They discover that terrorism is as intimate as one’s own family.


Praise for Duck and Cover

"A wicked black comedy . . . Peterson would seem to hold out just about as much hope for the family as she does the planet."
--New York Times "Notable Book of the Year"
"Offers insights into the American way of life, presented in a fresh style with on-target dialogue and dollops of black humor."
--Library Journal

"Eccentric and often amusing satirical romp . . . a highly original work by an intriguing author."
--Kirkus Reviews

". . . Bittersweet and utterly beguiling novel."
--Publishers Weekly

"A hauntingly funny writer . . . the balance she strikes is almost hypnotic."
--Los Angeles Times
(See Selected Writings for the first chapter of this novel)