A Time to Run
Time to Run by Barbara Boxer
Book DescriptionWritten with a true insider's perspective on the intersection of the personal and the political, A Time to Run is the remarkable literary debut by United States Senator Barbara Boxer of California, one of the most admired and respected figures on the national political scene. Senator Boxer, writing with Mary-Rose Hayes, tells an exciting tale of friendship and betrayal, idealism and pragmatism, in-fighting and public spin. The novel follows follows Ellen from her days as an college student, through romantic entanglements and a difficult marriage to a rising political star. After her husband is killed, she steps into his campaign for the Senate and is elected. On the eve of a crucial senate vote, her past and public worlds collide when her former lover, now a journalist with strong right-wing connections, gives her sensitive documents that could either make or break her career. From the hide-aways in the U.S. Capitol to the sprawling ranches of Orange County and the streets of Berkeley, this is a fascinating, up-close story of power and trust. A Time to Run is a great read that will generate great attention nationwide.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780811850438
(230mm x 150mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Chronicle Books
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publish Date: 25-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Barbara Boxer
US Kirkus Review » California Senator Boxer's first novel follows the fortunes of a young children's advocate and her politically polarized swains. Another dogwood-redolent D.C. spring, 2001. Frosh Senator Ellen Fischer (D-Calif.) is considering how best to block the appointment of conservative Frida Hernandez to the Supreme Court. Greg, a journalist co-opted by the right, offers her the dirt she needs: hospital records suggesting Hernandez abused her child. Pillow talk between Greg and former researcher Micaela reveals that the tell-tale documents are fakes. Flashback to 1974, Berkeley. Ellen is canvassing signatures for the Children's Alliance when she encounters two fellow UC seniors, pony-tailed radical Josh Fischer and studly Greg Hunter, the rejected son of an ex-Marine. Josh and Ellen are drawn to each other ideologically, but on the night of Nixon's resignation, she and Greg share a post-celebratory one-night stand. Cut to 1982. Ellen and Josh are married. He's a beleaguered public defender while Ellen continues her work rescuing disadvantaged children for the Alliance. Greg, cub reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, reconnects with gal-pal socialite Jane Hecht, ingratiating himself with her father, Gunther, a Reagan-backer. Josh falls hard for Bianca, a murder defendant's wife, but she disappears after her husband's acquittal. In 1989, Josh heroically interrupts a high-school shooting. His political career accelerates as he cleans up a polluted neighborhood. Greg succumbs to the blandishments of Senator Carl Satcher, Republican powerhouse. Soon Greg has morphed into Satcher's media lapdog, his investigative skills harnessed for dirt-digging on Democrats. Josh challenges Satcher for his Senate seat in 1998, and Greg and Micaela find Bianca. Josh is most daunted by the insinuation that he fathered Bianca's daughter, since Ellen's longing for a child was thwarted by infertility. Driving recklessly home to confess, Josh rear-ends a truck and-why ruin the suspense? Short on subtlety and insider dish, this political page-turner will nevertheless rally the blue and annoy the red. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Barbara Boxer
Barbara Boxer has served as Democratic senator for California since 1993. Re-elected to her third term in 2004, she received 6.7 million votes, more than any other senatorial candidate. This is her first novel. Visit her website: http://boxer.senate.gov/about/index.cfm Mary-Rose Hayes is the author of six previous novels. She lives in San Francisco.
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