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A Time to Runby Barbara Boxer
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Written with a true insider's perspective, A Time to Run is the remarkable literary debut of United States Senator Barbara Boxer, one of the most admired and respected figures on the 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 Ellen Fines from her days as a college student through romantic entanglements and a difficult marriage to a rising political star. When her husband is killed in a car accident during his campaign for the Senate, Ellen assumes his candidacy and achieves an upset victory over a political machine. On the eve of a crucial vote, past and public worlds collide when Ellen's former lover, now a journalist with strong right-wing connections, gives her sensitive documents that could either make or break her career. From hideaways deep under the U.S. Capitol to wealthy southern California ranches to the political unrest on the streets of Berkeley, A Time to Run is a great read, and a fascinating, up-close story of power and trust.
"The three-term senator from California — newly and handily re-elected in 2004 — offers a debut novel to relate 'a story I had long wanted to tell.' Aspiring political activist Josh Fischer and aspiring journalist Greg Hunter are best friends and roommates at 1970s Berkeley; Josh is dark, sensitive and liberal; Greg is blond, gregarious and leans right. When the two meet Ellen Downey, a petite redhead with a steely determination to make the world a better place, romantic entanglements ensue, with Ellen ultimately marrying Josh shortly after graduation. Josh runs for political office, Ellen heads a mentoring program for at-risk kids, and Greg, married to a wealthy socialite but still in the picture, works as a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle. When Josh dies during his Senate campaign, Ellen assumes his candidacy and scores an upset victory; the book opens on the eve of a vote regarding a controversial Supreme Court nominee, with Greg appearing in Ellen's office holding incendiary documents that could alter the course of history — or level her career. All of this is by-the-numbers stuff, but Boxer brings been-there nuance to the backbiting, hazardous personal disclosures and naked power mongering of California and Washington politics." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Written with a true insider's perspective,
Senator Boxer tells an exciting tale of friendship and betrayal, idealism and pragmatism, in-fighting and public spin. When Ellen Fines' husband, a rising political star, is killed, Ellen assumes his candidacy, wins the Senate seat, and is confronted by a test that will make or break her political career.
About the Author
Barbara Boxer has served as Democratic senator for California since 1993. Re-elected to her third term in 2004, she received the third highest number of votes in the nation, exceeded only by the two presidential candidates. This is her first novel.
Mary-Rose Hayes is the author of six previous novels. She lives in San Francisco.
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