THIS WEEK’S TWO OTHER FEATURED BOOKS, “TO THE LEFT OF THE MICROWAVE,” BY LISA DE NISCIA AND “OPERATION CROSSBOW,” BY WILLIAM DELOREY, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST OR BY CLICKING ON THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON OUR AUTHOR’S PAGE.
THE BOOK: Exit Blue.
PUBLISHED IN: 2010.
THE AUTHOR: Ivan G. Goldman
THE EDITOR: Jerry Gold, also an author and retired Green Beret. I particularly recommend Sergeant Dickinson, one of the finest novels to come out of the Vietnam War.
THE PUBLISHER: Black Heron.
SUMMARY: The Blue States have seceded and formed their own union following a disastrous US invasion of Denmark. It’s one of several conflicts being waged by a zealous Red Zone government in Washington that reportedly dispatches press gangs to fill military ranks while its citizens flee to Mexico seeking employment as domestics and busboys. Tossed into this maelstrom is ghost writer Delmore LeCorte, who becomes romantically entangled with both the Red Zone president and her more astute sister. It’s left to the reader to decide whether Exit Blue is political satire or a prescient look at what lies ahead.
THE BACK STORY: Much of my research involved shouting back at TV news and scribbling ideas on bar napkins.
WHY THIS TITLE?: Imagine what happens if the Blue States ever decide they’ve had enough.
WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? It’s election time. Besides, if you get hit by a bus and you’re still breathing, the best thing to do is laugh.
“‘a humorous and sometimes frightening look at what America could become.” — Midwest Book Review.
“fun, sharp . . . intelligent.” – Book Gazette
AUTHOR PROFILE: I once made the New York Times best-seller list and immediately took my family to tour Europe, figuring we were now rich. When we returned two weeks later there were lots of bills and my book had fallen off the list. I was born and raised on Chicago’s South Side and now live in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. I covered Congress for The Washington Post and worked at the National Desk of The Los Angeles Times. This is the third of my five novels.
If you’re interested, you can find out more about my background in my article “Caste and Class on The Washington Post.” It appeared in Columbia Journalism Review and is online atCJR January/February 2005: Ivan Goldman
. If you’re not interested, that’s okay too.
AUTHOR COMMENTS: “Sophocles said that those calamities we inflict on ourselves are the ones that cause the most pain. But try not to let that worry you.”
WHERE TO BUY IT: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, straight from the publisher and at select, tasteful bookstores around the planet.
PRICE: Everything’s negotiable.
CONTACT THE AUTHOR: firstname.lastname@example.org and @ivan_goldman on Twitter.