HarperTorch, 2004 (2003)
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Reviewed by Rashmi Srinivas
pence Tailor is a lawyer who prefers working for the underdog while his brother Boyd is his antithesis. Their mother Rose has long been on the waiting list for a new heart due to her rare blood type, and it looks like she's finally going to get one. At this same time, the United States President's heart gives out during a photo-op jogging session just months before the national election. Panic-stricken, White House Chief of Staff Martin Brooks decides to usurp the heart meant for Rose.
pence learns of this outrageous perfidy just minutes before the transplant. In a moment of extreme stress, he absconds with the donor heart, his doped mom, and surgical resident Debbie, as well as a highly reluctant Boyd. While Brooks sends FBI agents to quietly locate and reclaim the heart, highly ambitious presidential nominee Senator Peggy Check sends the CIA to the Tailors' aid. A hilarious and zany wild goose chase ensues, with Spence and company always keeping just one step ahead of the government. The question of the novel - who will finally get the heart?
is a wickedly funny read, that takes a wildly satirical look at today's politics and power-obsessed politicians. Fitzhugh superbly blends action, wit, filial emotions, and political clout. He throws in a bunch of eccentric characters to create an uproarious novel. A complex plot, along with the multitude of entertaining characters, keeps readers on their mental toes. The unconventional story raises some serious questions and presents widely differing viewpoints on them.
deserves a permanent place on your bookshelf.
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