Saturday, October 20, 2012

Book Review: The George Washington Constellation by Edward Correia

The accidental senator is David Buckthorn.  It was never his intention to become a Senator or have any role in government, although at one point he was mayor of the small town he lived in.  Small feat, really, because it happens to most who live there and there isn't much governing to do.

Being a lawyer and a Good Samaritan has attracted the attention of the Wyoming Republican Party.  They want Buckthorn to run against the longstanding incumbant for one of their Senate seats.  David believes they don't think he has a chance of winning.

Buckthorn does win and this story is about his time in office.   It's not peaches and cream, but it's not the pits, either.  Correia does a good job of exploring a man who is not built for Congress.    I'd say Buck, as his fellow Senators call him, comes out pretty good.

The story is not just about David Buckthorn, but about his family as well.  He chronicles how he met his wife and the way his family grows during his time in office.  He cares about being a senator,  but he also cares about his family.

What happens when David is up for re-election?  Will he seek another term?  How does this effect his wife? What happens when a man who has caused trouble for David in the past seeks to run as well?

Edward Correia is a Washington DC Attorney, President of Correia and Associates, and an Adjunct Professor at American University's Washington College of Law.  He has worked as a senior lawyer for the Senate Judiciary Commitee, serving as Chief Counsel for Senator Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio and Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee.  He served in the Clinton Administration as Special Counsel to the President for Civil Rights in the White House.  In 2012 he was given a Distinguised Alumni Award by the University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences.

Correia is the author of The Uncertain Believer: Reconciling God and Science (2009, 2011) and the novel: The George Washington Constellation (2012).  His third piece, Teaching Your Child about God in a Scientific World will be released in 2012 and a sequel to his novel, Elysia, will be released in 2013.

He currently lives with his wife in Bethseda, Maryland.  They have three children.

I read this book as a review request using the Kindle app on my laptop.  All opinions are my own.  I was not compensated for this review in any way.

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