Synopses & Reviews
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.
Boxer, a U.S. senator, brings an insider's knowledge of politics to this compelling novel of friendship, idealism, and corruption and the behind-the-scenes machinations that go into political deals. -Booklist
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. -Publisher's Weekly
Writing from the lofty and knowledgeable perspective of a three-term U.S. senator from California, Boxer, with San Francisco novelist Hayes (The Winter Women), offers as her fiction debut an interesting insider's account of a politician's growth from the ground up. While still a student during the heady, idealistic days of the 1970s at Berkeley, Ellen Downey begins her public career as a devoted advocate for inner-city children. During an evening of leafleting, she befriends two young men who help shape her life: the athletic and gorgeous Greg Hunter, who becomes a conservative reporter, and his darkly attractive roommate, Joshua Fischer, a gifted politician who advances from public defender to national politics. Ellen goes on to marry Josh, leaving Greg brokenhearted, and their three lives progress and intersect in ways that test all loyalties. Through these characters and intricate plot twists, Boxer communicates her liberal political convictions while telling an absorbing story. Recommended for all large fiction collections. -Library Journal
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.
Written with a true insider's perspective,
The national best-seller with "a plot line that seems ripped from the headlines" (Associated Press) is now available in paperbackjust in time for the fall elections. The "compelling novel of friendship, idealism, and corruption and the behind-the-scenes machinations that go into political deals" (Booklist) by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer garnered a huge amount of attention in both red and blue states when it was first released. The popular and outspoken author, who in the 2004 election received more votes than any non-presidential candidate in history, "brings been-there nuance to the back-biting, hazardous personal disclosures and naked power mongering" (Publishers Weekly) of politics today. Lively and informed, A Time to Run introduces three unforgettable characters, whose friendship and betrayals shape not only their lives, but also the Supreme Court and the future of the country.
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.