The Angry Buddhist by Seth Greenland

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Novelists too need to be nimble, and "The Angry Buddhist" is a wild entertainment as well as a novel about the way we live now that dares to dance with the profound.
-LA Times

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It is the week before a local election in Palm Springs. Incumbent, Randall Duke, is dodging scandal while courting the Christian vote. His opponent, Mary Swain, a sexy, well-financed newcomer, does not have a firm grip on American history or elemental economics. Meanwhile an anonymous political blogger, “Desert Machiavelli” is exposing new secrets daily.
 

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About the AuthorSeth Greenland is the author of the novels The Bones and Shining City. His first play, Jungle Rot, was the winner of the Kennedy Center/American Express Fund for New American Plays Award, the American Theater Critics Association Award and anthologized in Best American Plays. He was a writer-producer on the Emmy-nominated HBO series Big Love and one of the original bloggers on the Huffington Post. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the literary journal Black Clock. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Europa Editions. 401 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Apr 22 2012

“The Angry Buddhist” makes a fine high-end beach read for election season. But, perhaps surprisingly, the least interesting story element in “The Angry Buddhist” is the anonymous political blogger who provides a running commentary on campaign issues.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Richard Rayner on Apr 22 2012

Novelists too need to be nimble, and "The Angry Buddhist" is a wild entertainment as well as a novel about the way we live now that dares to dance with the profound.

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Los Angeles Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Alison Powell on Jun 09 2012

What these miniature odes build to is a counterbalance between the low deeds and lower motives of the actors spread across the bright, hard pan of that particular valley, and the high aspirations of the landscape.

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