Kirkus Reviews: “Wall’s tale has the feel of a Frank Capra movie with Southern gothic shades, starring an eccentric hero whose head gets wised up but whose good heart never flags as he battles both the sinister powers that be and his batty, bloodcurdling sister. . . this rousing political page-turner won’t fail to entertain—maybe even inspire.”
Yes, here’s an election you can get excited about.
Hector Lawrence has had enough—of his self-righteous sister Lola who has cheated him out of the family fortune, and of the two parties that have made a total mess of American politics. So this 49-year-old pedigreed underdog from Nashville, who’s never had a date, never had a job, and who has a hard time buttoning his own shirt due to polio, runs for the U.S. House of Representatives as an independent.
But Hector first has to overthrow Lola, who has house-kept and hoodwinked him for decades. Hector’s campaign is his way of trying to make something of his so-far wasted life. At first, the Republicans and Democrats ignore this amateur nobody and his team of losers. But Hector’s tenacious, charismatic style and guerrilla campaign soon ignite hope in an electorate frustrated with the current politics of dysfunction.
Kirkus Reviews writes, “Surrounding Hector is a diverse, sharply drawn cast of characters, from doting matrons and 30-something lonely hearts to skeevy perverts and gum-snapping teens, all brought vividly to life by the author’s well-crafted, empathetic prose. Despite its cynicism toward party establishment, Wall’s fable is positively giddy and engrossing in its portrayal of old-fashioned electioneering.”
Fighting apathy, a fossilized incumbent, a Tea Party darling, a blackmail scheme, a swindling Reverend, a shocking betrayal, a high-level party operative, and the ever-dangerous Lola, Hector leads his rebellious rabble down to the wire battling for every possible vote. Fools Poll is a feel-good story about the meek and right taking on the strong and wrong.
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Published July 16, 2012
by Best Letters Publishing.
Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction.