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In his second novel, Scott Simon returns to his roots with a fascinating and often uproarious portrait of his native city's rough-and-tumble politics. Chicago City Alderman Sunny Roopini is a decent guy beset by the bad luck of his wife's death. This burden is heavy enough, especially as Sunny tries to take care of his two spirited and highly Americanized daughters, but then (apparently) comes the fatal heart attack that fells the mayor and Sunny's improbable interim inheritance of that hot seat in an increasingly diversified and contentious political era. And then comes the question of how natural the cause of the mayor's death really was, and the temptations of political power and fame, and Scott Simon will have you laughing and on the edge of your seat at the same time -- and, ultimately, moved and heartened by a new kind of American hero.
About the Author:
Scott Simon is the host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saurday. He has covered ten wars, from El Salvador to Iraq, and has won every major award in broadcasting, including the Peabody and the Emmy. His memoir, Home and Away, rose to the top of the Los Angeles Times nonfiction bestseller list. His second book, Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball, wasnamed Barnes & Noble's Sports Book of the Year. He is the author of one other novel, Pretty Birds, and lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/11/2008