The Accidental Senator

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The US political system's a mess. Anything that's good for 99% of the people is blocked by the lobbyists for the 1%.

When Dr. Abby Adams is appointed to fill the few remaining months in her late sister's Senate term, she is appalled at how things are REALLY done in government. Unable to "shut up and smile," she turns Washington on its ear.

But she is not alone. Regina Temple, the African-American woman who became her guardian when the sisters ...

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Overview

The US political system's a mess. Anything that's good for 99% of the people is blocked by the lobbyists for the 1%.

When Dr. Abby Adams is appointed to fill the few remaining months in her late sister's Senate term, she is appalled at how things are REALLY done in government. Unable to "shut up and smile," she turns Washington on its ear.

But she is not alone. Regina Temple, the African-American woman who became her guardian when the sisters were orphaned, is a woman of spirit and grace. Later Regina took in her own nephew, Duke, now a six-foot five-inch, Phi Beta Kappa law student at Georgetown. The patchwork family is small, but mighty.

You'll cry, you'll laugh out loud, you may even stand up and cheer for this firecracker of a novel, the first in The Accidental President Trilogy, A Political Fable for Our Time.

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Editorial Reviews

Anne Englander
If you want a quick read and a kick-ass heroine, this is it! Abby takes over her sister's Senate seat and watch heads roll. She is beholding to no one! No special interest groups, no FAT CATS, no one intimidates Abby! And she gets things DONE! Hey, Congress, you could learn a thing or two. Wonderful characters, Regina and Duke steal the show now and then. I can't wait for the next two books of the trilogy!!!
Joe Devonshire
I'm a guy who reads "guy romance" novels where things blow up every five pages. Heard about the book, bought it and was hooked on the first page. Abigail Adams is defnitely a woman I want to get to know. Smart, good looking and can think on her feet. From [the senate] she gets into various troubles and ends up getting her ass chewed in the Oval Office...Highly recommend it. Great story line.
Jacquelyn Mitchard
Dixie Swanson imagines the snake pit of insider politics with savvy, snap and uncommon freshness ... her characters feel very real. We might have met them before in the scarlet skirt and scarlet tie of power gone rogue.

Jacquelyn Mitchard,
Author, The Deep End of the Ocean
Oprah's First Book Club Author
Karleen Koen
Fresh, entertaining, funny, "The Accidental Senator" is not to be missed. It's a sassy look inside the Beltway. Swanson has a unique voice...Do yourself a favor. Read this!

Karleen Koen, NY Times Bestselling Author
"Through a Glass Darkly"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983329305
  • Publisher: Prose Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Dixie Swanson pens a fast, fun read, whether it is in a novel, blog or tweet. Catch her irreverent with and incisive commentary at www.dixieswanson.com and subscribe to her blog, Dixie's Words.
Follow her @DixieSwanson1 on Twitter.
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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    Fabulous read!

    This is a fast-paced and very entertaining story that will take us readers on a journey into the world of American politics. We can see the workings of the U.S. Senate through the eyes of Abby, a complete novice, as we are. Having left Houston as an emergency room pediatrician to fill a seat in the Senate, Abby brings with her a keen & sharp mind, an ability to make decisions swiftly, and a need for things to work quickly and according to plan. Well, much to Abby's annoyance, that last part just doesn't happen! You will enjoy this story very much and will learn a thing or two along the way. Be prepared, though, because this is the first book in a trilogy. You defnitely will be awaiting anxiously the other two novels!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2013

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    I expected a political satire. I got something much deeper, much

    I expected a political satire. I got something much deeper, much more convincing and interesting, entertaining, and even thought-provoking when I read Dixie Swanson’s The Accidental Senator.

    The story opens with one sister caring for the other as the ravages of cancer bring once-active life to a slow, quiet close. The grieving family with its mixed backgrounds, races and interests, fascinates the reader without ever seeming forced. Food is real and comforting. Clothes and shoes contrive to be interesting as they grow in importance. Lessons in how to smile for the camera, even when you don’t know it’s there, are deeply intriguing while still being enticingly entertaining. And lessons in politics, in-fighting, working the system, and keeping one’s head down while maintaining some sense of integrity, all are built on such interesting characters that even a politi-phobe like myself can’t put the book down.

    There’s a quiet mystery slipping between the pages, and a gentle integrity that defies attempts to label and pigeon-hole hope. And there’s the sort of deep humor that grows through tragedy, blossoms in adversity, and lightens the darkest scene.

    This book is just plain fun, but it’s so much more. I almost cried at times, the author’s touch just as sure with comedy and tragedy, with local and global concerns, with political and personal hopes, with triumph and with grief. While the ending might feel a little overly accidental, it has the force of a great tale behind it and the pages almost turn themselves. The story completes itself convincingly after scenes blending thoroughly enjoyable drama and farce, and the reader's left eager for more. I’ll certainly look out for the rest of the trilogy.

    Disclosure: I won a copy of this book in a blog contest.

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