Picks and Pans Review: Mission to America

updated 11/07/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/07/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

NOVEL

by Walter Kirn

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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.

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