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Humor, pathos, and political integrity (or lack thereof) in one fun read

  • Aug 26, 2013
I expected a political satire. I got something much deeper, much more convincing and interesting, entertaining, and even thought-provoking when I read Dixie Swanson’s The Accidental Senator.

The story opens with one sister caring for the other as the ravages of cancer bring once-active life to a slow, quiet close. The grieving family with its mixed backgrounds, races and interests, fascinates the reader without ever seeming forced. Food is real and comforting. Clothes and shoes contrive to be interesting as they grow in importance. Lessons in how to smile for the camera, even when you don’t know it’s there, are deeply intriguing while still being enticingly entertaining. And lessons in politics, in-fighting, working the system, and keeping one’s head down while maintaining some sense of integrity, all are built on such interesting characters that even a politi-phobe like myself can’t put the book down.

There’s a quiet mystery slipping between the pages, and a gentle integrity that defies attempts to label and pigeon-hole hope. And there’s the sort of deep humor that grows through tragedy, blossoms in adversity, and lightens the darkest scene.

This book is just plain fun, but it’s so much more. I almost cried at times, the author’s touch just as sure with comedy and tragedy, with local and global concerns, with political and personal hopes,  with triumph and with grief. While the ending might feel a little overly accidental, it has the force of a great tale behind it and the pages almost turn themselves. The story completes itself convincingly after scenes blending thoroughly enjoyable drama and farce, and the reader's left eager for more. I’ll certainly look out for the rest of the trilogy.

Disclosure: I won a copy of this book in a blog contest.

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