THE PUNCH, chpt 1
The Iowa Caucus is decadent and depraved.
All JD wanted was to finish building the porch onto his home. All Lissa wanted was to a find a friend she could talk to and move on with her life. They both thought that the right thing to do was move out to the middle of nowhere and start their little family over again. Man, were they wrong.
VIABLE, a front row ticket to the surrealist nightmare of politicking today, follows the mental collapse of Lissa, a mother in mourning and doomed campaign volunteer as she abandons her obsessive hoarding of children’s clothes and faltering marriage long enough to become entangled in the rise of a third party. This political insurgency, led by the haymaker throwing Senator Barbara Linn and her cross-dressing, tailgating vanguard the Barbarians, hopes to topple the power structure of both parties by manipulating not just what people hear or say, but what they do.
This story bears witness to the meteoric rise, fall and redemption of a fringe political party as seen through the eyes of Marco, the campaign communications manager and metadata impresario; Cindy, the six foot tall transgender volunteer with testicular cancer; and the tragic couple, Lissa and JD, who stumble into the campaign and are bulldozed under the carnival wreckage left in its wake as they struggle with the loss of a child, their hometown and finally each other.
In a world where after every election people from one party or the other rend their garments and lament how such a thing could happen, this novel is a blue print. It's the story of Middle America’s rage against fading cultural hegemony, a primer on the power of social media and a warning to those who say it could never happen here.