In 1993 Congress killed the Superconducting Super Collider project outside Waxahachie and unwittingly provided prime fodder for Pulitzer prize winner HERMAN WOUK’s new novel, A HOLE IN TEXAS (Little, Brown). Wouk constructs a tidy atom of a story, with an earnest American scientist, a beautiful Chinese physicist, a jealous wife, and conniving senators, all in orbit around this tale’s $8 billion nucleus—a nearly abandoned tunnel out on the plains. A Hole in Texas is a quick read that serves double duty as an entertaining contemporary romp and a gently compelling argument for taking the project out of mothballs.

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