Due Preparations for the Plague
- Current Status
- In Season
- Janette Turner Hospital
We gave it a B
In 1987, Muslim militants hijack a flight from Paris to New York City. Their one act of contrition, before torching the plane, is allowing the children to disembark. More than a decade later, two of the affected kids are trying to figure out what exactly happened on board, and, more pressingly, why someone seems intent on killing them, too. Hospital’s a snazzy portraitist and an elegant writer — her recounting of several victims’ final hours is brilliantly brutal — but her plotting and structure suffer by comparison. The result: unanswered questions, poetically asked.