Thirteen Albatrosses

Thirteen Albatrosses

(or, Falling Off the Mountain) : A Novel

Book - 2002
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The most rollicking and guiltlessly entertaining political novel in years

For decades Donald Harington has delighted fans with his thrilling, magical tales of Stay More, a small enclave in northern Arkansas. Now Harington expands on his fictional realm with the strange, quixotic quest of Vernon Ingledew to win the governorship of Arkansas. Ingledew, a polymath of surreal properties, is soon hampered by what his opponents refer to as his "Thirteen Albatrosses." Among them: he is an atheist; lives in sin with his first cousin; and believes in "extirpating"-that is, getting rid of-hospitals, prisons, tobacco, and handguns. Nevertheless, Ingledew attracts to his campaign some of America's heaviest political hitters. Together they form Ingledew's Seven Samurai, aides whose devotion will be tested by kidnappings, adulterous love affairs, and defection to the rival campaign of the vulgar, hated Arkansas Governor Shoat Bradfield (a Republican).

Providing readers with an education in the dizzying whirligig of contemporary politics, Thirteen Albatrosses is wickedly funny and presciently topical-entertainment of the highest order.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805068559
0805068554
Branch Call Number: FICTION HARINGTON
Characteristics: 402 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Falling off the mountain

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In this Stay More novel, Harington tracks the gubernatorial campaign of Vernon Ingledew, whose atheism, lack of college education, relationship with his first cousin, and so forth have been uncovered by the opposition.


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