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The First First Gentleman Hardcover – 1 Aug 2016
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"Gerald Weaver’s writing is incredibly sharp – it doesn’t lose focus anywhere." - The Book Bag
"For his second novel, The First First Gentleman, Weaver wraps a love story and a thriller into one, all while providing honest and insightful commentary on the nation's political system." - WNET-TV New York
About the Author
Gerald Weaver received his Juris Doctor degree from Catholic University and his bachelor's degree from Yale University. He has been a Capitol Hill chief of staff, a campaign manager, a lobbyist, a stay-at-home dad, a teacher of English and Latin, a collector and seller of Chinese antiquities and a contributor to the political magazine, George. He lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC, with his wife. The First First Gentleman is his second novel.
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Admit it Don, there is no way even 15 years is enough time to develop the observational skills, the wit and contextual development displayed so easily within each well-considered paragraph of "First First Gentleman", Gerald Weaver 2016. Not to mention, the foresight and timeliness of this publication, trademark dated April 2014, which is being played out accurately, leading up to the POTUS Election November 2016. Doh. Home Run!
Timing is everything!
I love a good period piece novel, educational, as the characters experience the ebs and flows of the setting. The narrative in FFG brings me back to a familiar place and time, but makes me ask myself, "Did I get everything I could have out of my educational travels?" Like one of those nightmares, paralyzed by fear that I am unprepared for the Final Exam, I come to realize, there was so much more to consider, yes to live, as I passed through that special time of life. Educational guilt, added to Catholic guilt. Who knew? ;)
Thankfully, Gerald Weaver was paying attention, or at least is remarkable in recapturing the tenor, Bright College Years, in particular. Wonderful travel down memory lane, fully described narrative for those along for the journey. It was quite a trip; seems like a lifetime ago. No, not upset with Gerald Weaver. Eternally grateful for elucidating the experience of a lifetime. Thank you.
Road dog ;)
P.S. Thought for the day: Book Club? Perfect undertaking. The memories; the stories...
Perhaps good fodder for the sequel ;)
You will want to vote for Melinda Sherman for President. The novel’s heroine is a decorated war veteran, who is physically and psychologically injured. She is outspoken and iconoclastic and, and she speaks as both a liberal and as a Christian. Her character anticipates Hillary Clinton – but with panache, Donald Trump – but with character and compassion, and Bernie Sanders – but with charm.
Her greatest political strength is that she genuinely does not care about politics nearly as much as she loves her husband and stepchildren. And her husband is nurturing, supportive, and gentle. She fell in love with him because he was an excellent single father. This is modern love affair for grown up readers, like no other in a novel. This foundation of love makes her a unique candidate. When her actor brother plans his big gay wedding four days before the election, she simply agrees to attend. When she becomes miraculously pregnant during the campaign, she promises to breast-feed, even in front of Vladimir Putin.
She has my vote.
I heard on the BBC where an interviewer told the author he wrote from both a man’s and a woman’s perspective. Another BBC interviewer told him the novel was sure to be made into a movie. There is little argument on either point. Finally, the novel is a reference to all the novels of Charles Dickens, and while this may seem archaic, it is not. If the current election spectacle is not Dickensian, then what is it?
And there is much more to this novel than its exciting love story. The relationship is a kind of a healing and redemption for each one of them. And that results in him supporting her skyrocketing political career. She is a decorated and wounded veteran who stands up, in a very unique way for the rights of women, by demanding and equal share of the burdens of citizenship, as well as the benefits. She says things few politicians will, and she is rewarded for it. She attends her brothers same sex wedding, only a few days before the election. She also promises to breast feed in the Oval Office.
Her greatest political strength is that she cares less about politics than she does about her marriage and family. The First First Gentleman is a love story and a political and social commentary. It is also a thriller, because dark forces pursue this couple. And it is a tribute to all the novels of Charles Dickens and is appropriately populated with richly memorable characters. And all of that is just a part of it. In a sense it is a novel about everything, and has a bit of everything in it, including one hilarious chapter about what happens when everyone begins to speak only the truth, and a chapter on the dangers of the color pink.
The First First Gentleman will entertain and enthrall you, from start to finish.
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