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Spinning Dixie: A Novel

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When a gorgeous woman appears at the gates of the White House bearing a mysterious letter, disgraced Presidential Press Secretary and professional spinmeister Jonah Eastman knows that his past has finally caught up with him. Raised by a Jewish mobster in Atlantic City, Jonah was only seventeen when he met Claudine Polk, an unabashed Southern belle, and placed her on an unshakable pedestal for one glorious summer of reckless youth and first love.

Now Claudine desperately needs Jonah's help to save Rattle & Snap, her family's plantation in Tennessee, from the hands of her crooked soon-to-be-ex-husband. Jonah must use all of his connections, from shady undercover agents to the President himself, to engage in Operation Dixie Knish and save his Southern belle's ancestral home.

A perfect mix of The West Wing, The Godfather, and Gone with the Wind, Spinning Dixie is an epic novel full of adventure, romance, and unforgettable characters that will have readers laughing out loud.

Review:

"Dezenhall's recurring narrator, Jonah Eastman (last seen in 2005's Turnpike Flameout), has risen from his Jersey mob upbringing through the pollster ranks and is now President James Lee Truitt's press secretary during a time of upheaval: it's 2005, and the war on terror rages (a suicide bomber attacks a Phillies game), though the war in Iraq is noticeably absent. After a string of irreverent comments about terrorism, Jonah is given the boot, and as he's packing up his office, his high school love, Claudine Polk, asks for his help in saving her family's Tennessee plantation. Jonah, propelled by a looming midlife crisis, launches a massive spin campaign involving the president, political focus groups, thousands of Civil War re-enactors, the National Guard and the Air Force in order to help Claudine, though her motives for seeking him out become suspect. The characters tend toward stereotype — there's a Southern belle, a Southern eccentric, a good ol' boy and a good-humored-and-wise black servant — and the writing is littered with pop culture references that aren't always accurate. Jonah's absurd campaign will keep readers piqued, but the backstory — the mob, Freemasons and Khe Sanh figure in — is unnecessarily convoluted." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Dezenhall's recurring narrator, Jonah Eastman (last seen in 2005's Turnpike Flameout), has risen from his Jersey mob upbringing through the pollster ranks and is now President James Lee Truitt's press secretary during a time of upheaval: it's 2005, and the war on terror rages (a suicide bomber attacks a Phillies game), though the war in Iraq is noticeably absent. After a string of irreverent comments about terrorism, Jonah is given the boot, and as he's packing up his office, his high school love, Claudine Polk, asks for his help in saving her family's Tennessee plantation. Jonah, propelled by a looming midlife crisis, launches a massive spin campaign involving the president, political focus groups, thousands of Civil War re-enactors, the National Guard and the Air Force in order to help Claudine, though her motives for seeking him out become suspect. The characters tend toward stereotype — there's a Southern belle, a Southern eccentric, a good ol' boy and a good-humored-and-wise black servant — and the writing is littered with pop culture references that aren't always accurate. Jonah's absurd campaign will keep readers piqued, but the backstory — the mob, Freemasons and Khe Sanh figure in — is unnecessarily convoluted." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The Eastman series continues to combine a superb premise (evoking the political thrillers of the late, great Ross Thomas) with a nice comic touch and a fine sense of the absurd (suggesting both Westlake and Hiaasen). Keep your eye on this series, and if you haven't read the earlier installments, now's the time to catch up." David Pitt, Booklist

Review:

"[H]ighly imaginative....Dezenhall wryly suggests that even if beauty engulfs a man, a Jewish granny with showgirl legs and a yenta mentality knows best." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Eric Dezenhall proves once again that Washington is sixty square miles of concrete surrounded by reality. Spinning Dixie sparkles with wit and insight." Kinky Friedman, author of Cowboy Logic

Synopsis:

Question: Can a spin doctor with a scorching midlife crisis spark a second Civil War to impress his old girlfriend? Answer: Only if it's a slow news day.

Synopsis:

Question: Can a spin doctor with a scorching midlife crisis spark a second Civil War to impress his old girlfriend? Answer: Only if it's a slow news day.

Synopsis:

When a gorgeous woman appears at the gates of the White House bearing a mysterious letter, disgraced Presidential Press Secretary and professional spinmeister Jonah Eastman knows that his past has finally caught up with him. Raised by a Jewish mobster in Atlantic City, Jonah was only seventeen when he met Claudine Polk, an unabashed Southern belle, and placed her on an unshakable pedestal for one glorious summer of reckless youth and first love. 

Now Claudine desperately needs Jonah's help to save Rattle & Snap, her family's plantation in Tennessee, from the hands of her crooked soon-to-be-ex-husband. Jonah must use all of his connections, from shady undercover agents to the President himself, to engage in Operation Dixie Knish and save his Southern belle's ancestral home. 

A perfect mix of "The West Wing," "The Godfather," and Gone with the Wind, Spinning Dixie is an epic novel full of adventure, romance, and unforgettable characters that will have readers laughing out loud.

About the Author

Eric Dezenhall is the CEO of Dezenhall Resources, one of the nation's leading crisis management firms.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312340636
Author:
Dezenhall, Eric
Publisher:
Thomas Dunne Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Thrillers/Political
Copyright:
Publication Date:
December 2006
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.84 x 5.47 x 1.035 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Dezenhall's recurring narrator, Jonah Eastman (last seen in 2005's Turnpike Flameout), has risen from his Jersey mob upbringing through the pollster ranks and is now President James Lee Truitt's press secretary during a time of upheaval: it's 2005, and the war on terror rages (a suicide bomber attacks a Phillies game), though the war in Iraq is noticeably absent. After a string of irreverent comments about terrorism, Jonah is given the boot, and as he's packing up his office, his high school love, Claudine Polk, asks for his help in saving her family's Tennessee plantation. Jonah, propelled by a looming midlife crisis, launches a massive spin campaign involving the president, political focus groups, thousands of Civil War re-enactors, the National Guard and the Air Force in order to help Claudine, though her motives for seeking him out become suspect. The characters tend toward stereotype — there's a Southern belle, a Southern eccentric, a good ol' boy and a good-humored-and-wise black servant — and the writing is littered with pop culture references that aren't always accurate. Jonah's absurd campaign will keep readers piqued, but the backstory — the mob, Freemasons and Khe Sanh figure in — is unnecessarily convoluted." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Dezenhall's recurring narrator, Jonah Eastman (last seen in 2005's Turnpike Flameout), has risen from his Jersey mob upbringing through the pollster ranks and is now President James Lee Truitt's press secretary during a time of upheaval: it's 2005, and the war on terror rages (a suicide bomber attacks a Phillies game), though the war in Iraq is noticeably absent. After a string of irreverent comments about terrorism, Jonah is given the boot, and as he's packing up his office, his high school love, Claudine Polk, asks for his help in saving her family's Tennessee plantation. Jonah, propelled by a looming midlife crisis, launches a massive spin campaign involving the president, political focus groups, thousands of Civil War re-enactors, the National Guard and the Air Force in order to help Claudine, though her motives for seeking him out become suspect. The characters tend toward stereotype — there's a Southern belle, a Southern eccentric, a good ol' boy and a good-humored-and-wise black servant — and the writing is littered with pop culture references that aren't always accurate. Jonah's absurd campaign will keep readers piqued, but the backstory — the mob, Freemasons and Khe Sanh figure in — is unnecessarily convoluted." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The Eastman series continues to combine a superb premise (evoking the political thrillers of the late, great Ross Thomas) with a nice comic touch and a fine sense of the absurd (suggesting both Westlake and Hiaasen). Keep your eye on this series, and if you haven't read the earlier installments, now's the time to catch up."
"Review" by , "[H]ighly imaginative....Dezenhall wryly suggests that even if beauty engulfs a man, a Jewish granny with showgirl legs and a yenta mentality knows best."
"Review" by , "Eric Dezenhall proves once again that Washington is sixty square miles of concrete surrounded by reality. Spinning Dixie sparkles with wit and insight."
"Synopsis" by , Question: Can a spin doctor with a scorching midlife crisis spark a second Civil War to impress his old girlfriend? Answer: Only if it's a slow news day.
"Synopsis" by ,
Question: Can a spin doctor with a scorching midlife crisis spark a second Civil War to impress his old girlfriend? Answer: Only if it's a slow news day.
"Synopsis" by ,
When a gorgeous woman appears at the gates of the White House bearing a mysterious letter, disgraced Presidential Press Secretary and professional spinmeister Jonah Eastman knows that his past has finally caught up with him. Raised by a Jewish mobster in Atlantic City, Jonah was only seventeen when he met Claudine Polk, an unabashed Southern belle, and placed her on an unshakable pedestal for one glorious summer of reckless youth and first love. 

Now Claudine desperately needs Jonah's help to save Rattle & Snap, her family's plantation in Tennessee, from the hands of her crooked soon-to-be-ex-husband. Jonah must use all of his connections, from shady undercover agents to the President himself, to engage in Operation Dixie Knish and save his Southern belle's ancestral home. 

A perfect mix of "The West Wing," "The Godfather," and Gone with the Wind, Spinning Dixie is an epic novel full of adventure, romance, and unforgettable characters that will have readers laughing out loud.

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