- Paperback: 242 pages
- Publisher: Vivid Thoughts Press (November 21, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692315160
- ISBN-13: 978-0692315163
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 207 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,506,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Off the Reservation: A Novel Paperback – November 21, 2014
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Kirkus' Indie Books of the Month Selection (May, 2015)
"On the verge of retirement, a straight-talking U.S. congressman campaigns for president in this fast-paced, wryly comic, and vastly satisfying political satire.
Just weeks after announcing he wouldn’t be seeking re-election, Congressman Evan Gorgoni of Indiana finds himself thrust back into the national spotlight after his frank and defeatist appearance on Meet The Press. “Truth is…there are too many people in the world,” he says. “If civilization keeps procreating this way, we’re doomed.” Refreshed by his realist approach, the media starts floating his name for a presidential bid. The Democratic senator ignores the hype—he’s enjoying retirement—until meeting his would-be contenders. “If I don’t run,” he tells Monty Berg, his quick-witted campaign manager, “the country’s going to choose between another cynical tax-cutter, and Nate Poston. Who has never met a question he couldn’t dodge.” With the help of Monty, he wins the Democratic primary and spends the rest of Merzer’s electrifying debut novel running against his Republican opponent, Gov. Malcolm Benneton, on a loose platform of population control and environmental sustainability. Refusing to prepare speeches, Gorgoni eschews grand promises and often loses himself in tangents. “My fellow Americans, I say to you with deep conviction in my soul, let us do away, totally, irreversibly, and permanently, with the leaf blower,” he says during his acceptance speech. Using real names of contemporary figures and writing with a keen eye for the absurdities of the American political system, Merzer offers a story of brash realism in an age of congressional gridlock. While most left-leaning readers will cheer for Gorgoni, many conservatives will likely find the novel dismissive of their ideology. Nevertheless, the author writes with a steady pen, and he rarely misses the opportunity for a joke. Whatever their politics, readers will chuckle at this systemwide sendup.
A witty, winking political novel sure to satisfy liberals in an age of extreme partisanship." --Kirkus Reviews (Starred review)
"Our Favorite Books of 2015” (December-January, 2015-2016) In Glen Merzer’s novel Off the Reservation (Vivid Thoughts Press), Indiana Congressman Evan Gorgoni collapses in a parking lot, and an epiphany compels him to get the hell out of Washington. He goes on Meet the Press toexplain in blunt and unvarnished detail the reasons for his departure. The eight-term Democrat is amazed to hear from one of his precocious daughters that he has become an Internet sensation and eventually allows himself to be drafted into a presidential run. That’s when this keen, whimsical novel really takes off, as Merzer guides us through a sardonic roller-coaster ride of a campaign seen through the eyes of a truth-telling vegan idealist who makes Bernie Sanders look positively plastic. And there are recipes.” The Progressive
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The book is also a fun read for anyone interested in the political process during a campaign, and it lays out a remarkable vision for a better way of life without being preachy.
I highly recommend reading this fun and insightful book. There aren’t many novels that can make you cheer out loud, but this one does just that!