A Plot for Pridemore: A Novel

A Plot for Pridemore: A Novel

by Stephen Roth

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ISBN-13: 9780881464825
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Publication date: 05/31/2014
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Stephen Roth worked twelve years as a reporter covering politicians, business figures, and local eccentrics for newspapers in Missouri and Florida. Born in LaGrange, Georgia, he currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife, son, and dog. This is his first novel.

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A Plot for Pridemore: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A humorous journey through the world of small town politics filled with well drawn, empathetic  and memorable characters. A great beach read.
JudyBookLover More than 1 year ago
Interesting tale of corruption in a small town. This story was written by an author living in my home town of KC - Mr. Stephen Roth - and he is really good at getting the tone of the small town life just perfect! In this story an elderly mayor of Pridemore Missouri decides to get his town publicity by staging a terrible accident and then the rescue. He got the idea from watching the story of Baby Jessica which I remember very well myself! To him his actions are justified because it's all for teh greater good of his home town. He has complete control over the town counsel so they cannot go against him in this secret plan. But then it's just like any plot - something goes wrong - and then its out of his control! On the other side of this is a young newspaper reporter who is frustrated about being stuck at a small town newspaper and looking for a big scoop. If he can find out what the mayor is up to, what a story! I would have given it 3.5 stars if I could have - not quite a four for me because it was hard to like the characters very much - but interesting overall and reminded me of home.
kbar1008 More than 1 year ago
Stephen Roth is a storyteller. He has the ability to create characters that are so quirky and personable that you could picture them sitting beside you in the coffee shop on Saturday. In A Plot For Pridemore Mr. Roth brings to life the struggles and triumphs of small town life. The story is a fast paced romp through the politics of Pridemore, Missouri and through the lives of its citizens. The story moves quickly and weaves humor, nostalgia and just enough drama throughout the highly engaging prose to give the reader a complete emotional experience. Mayor Roe Tolliver is searching for a way to save his town after the highway that had been its lifeline is rezoned. What he comes up with, how he enlists the aid of his cronies and the way the plan goes right and wrong will leave you laughing and, for those of you from small towns similar to Pridemore, just a little bit homesick. Mr. Roth masterfully tugs on the heart strings of his readers. The characters are multidimensional, each possessing qualities both good and bad. Give yourself time to read this one because once you start you won’t want to stop until your visit to Pridemore is finished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rate this book 5 stars because it is so funny, as well as unique. Clyde Edgerton liked it, so do I.  I am proud of Stephen, who is my nephew. I hope all of you find this book to be the comic relief you need to relax. It is a great way to start your summer reading.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast paced, easy read with a good plot and memorable characters. Roe Tolliver is the octogenarian mayor who conceives and executes (with help) the "Plot" to bring attention to Pridemore.   He's a wiley old hoot who doesn't mind using a mentally challenged man child as a pawn.   Of course, Digby, the aforementioned man child has a few  issues of his own, as does Pete Schaefer the cub reporter looking for his first big break and ticket out of town. Did I mention the humor?  It's pretty funny.   The writing is very visual and you can't help but picture it on the big screen.