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Sammy's Hillby Kristin Gore
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"The fact that I had managed to become a health-care analyst for a U.S. Senator at the age of twenty-six still surprised me, and I lived in fear that someone would realize how ridiculous it was to have given me this authority and fire me on the spot."
Idealistic, dedicated to her job, and a bit of a hypochondriac, Samantha Joyce has a very busy life. Working a seventy-hour week and mastering the details of the latest health-care reform bill, while making time to celebrate obscure but significant holidays such as the twenty-ninth anniversary of The Partridge Family series finale, leaves little time for romance. But then she meets Aaron Driver, the handsome speechwriter for a rival senator. Sammy falls for him hard, despite the fact that his ambitious boss is the emblem of everything she hates about congressional hardball. When you work on Capitol Hill, even dating becomes a political act.
Try as she might, Sammy isn't the sort of person who can keep from speaking her mind, no matter how much trouble it causes. Whether she's trying to thwart a filibuster, detox a constituent, or recover from mistakenly emailing a racy message to over two hundred of Capitol Hill's political elite, Sammy stays true to herself, foibles and all. And before she knows it, she finds herself at the heart of a romantic tangle, a major showdown over health care reform, and the highest-stakes contest of all — a presidential election campaign. Kristin Gore is a keen observer of politics with a sharp ear for comedy, and her first novel is a triumph?a captivating, hilarious page-turner with a loveable heroine who will charm readers on both sides of the aisle.
"This first novel by Al Gore's daughter is a fun, fast read, anchored by likable heroine Samantha Joyce, who spends her days toiling as domestic policy adviser to the noble Ohio senator Robert Gary, while neurotically carving out a social and romantic life. Just 26 and amazed that she's the senator's go-to girl on health policy, Samantha thinks she's gotten another lucky break when she meets Aaron Driver, speechwriter to Democratic presidential front-runner John Bramen. Aaron is 'hot, and not just D.C. hot,' and Samantha falls hard for him. Early on in their relationship, a Blackberry mishap — she mistakenly sends a message featuring whipped cream and video cameras to a list of important Washington players — gives Samantha her first taste of D.C. scandal, but it's soon eclipsed by politics and deception on a grand scale. As Gary goes up against backstabbing Bramen, eventually accepting the vice-presidential spot on Bramen's rival's ticket, Samantha learns of Aaron's epic infidelities. Samantha's whimsical asides and long-winded explication of political matters give the novel an awkward bulkiness, but her self-deprecating sense of humor and idealism will keep readers entertained. Agent, Andrew Wylie. (Sept.) Forecast: Gore doesn't dish much dirt, but readers will have fun looking for parallels to real-life Washington and her dad's campaigns in this lively novel. 12-city author tour; film rights sold to Columbia Pictures." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[A]n enchanting, downright hilarious debut....
"[A] kinder, gentler Primary Colors....There's imagination and fancy at work here. It isn't easy to merge that old favorite theme, the naïf comes to Washington, with an inside cynical view of politics 2004 style, but Gore has succeeded in most appealing fashion." Elinor Lipman, Newsday
"Sammy's brilliance as a policy wonk is charmingly offset by her clumsiness and bad luck....Her mental notes on these experiences are the comic core of the novel. The plot is almost secondary, though it is pretty well devised." San Francisco Chronicle
"There's room in this world, barely, for a chick-lit romp with a Capitol Hill twist....With Harvard Lampoon and Saturday Night Live writing credits, Kristin Gore ought to be able to do better." The Washington Post Book World
"It's not bad, it's just not any good. God knows, an astringent romantic satire is long overdue in a town where work is foreplay and the vibrating object in a couple's bed could easily be a two-way pager. Sammy's Hill, however, lacks buzz." The New York Times Book Review
"Gore's novel picks up steam at the middle and hurtles to a memorable feel-good conclusion. Her portrayal of a presidential campaign is heartening as the non-fiction version sweeps the country." Chicago Sun-Times
Kristin Gore, comedy writer and daughter of Tipper and Al Gore, makes her hilarious and touching fiction debut with a poignant look at Capitol Hill as seen through the eyes of a particularly charming young intern.
About the Author
Emmy-nominated comedy writer Kristin Gore was born in 1977 and graduated from Harvard, where she wrote for the Harvard Lampoon. She is the daughter of Al and Tipper Gore and has written for several television shows during the past five years, including Saturday Night Live and Futurama. Kristin lives in Boston.
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