Politics - Sex - Scandal - Secrets - Money
In a high-stakes game of musical chairs, there can be only one winner. Roberta Palmer, newly widowed supermodel and Marcia Baker, New York congresswoman are getting ready for the fight of their lives: both are running against each other in the primary for the democratic candidate of the NY senate race. Marcia's ex-lover, Jake Rubin and Roberta's step-daughter, Joan Palmer both hold secrets that could mean political suicide for both women. As the secrets threaten to surface which woman will be left standing when the music draws to a close?
Sheila Levin, author of Simple Truths, has worked as a professional in the Jewish community for many years. As the Public Information Officer of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry, she was a member of the press corps on the Nixon-Kissinger trip to the Soviet Union in the late '70's. As Director of the movement to free the famed ballet dancers, Valery and Galina Panov, while visiting them in Leningrad, Sheila was detained by the KGB. Sheila also served as the Executive Director of the Women's Division of the UJA and as the Vice President for External Affairs of Polytechnic University. Following her years of service to the Jewish community, she became a political consultant, whose clients included Elizabeth Holtzman and President Vincente Fox, among many others.
Keywords: Women Candidates, Politics, Homosexuality, Campaign, Secrets, Suicide, Senator, Love Affair, Feminism, Zero-Sum-Game, Democrat, New York, Senate
"Wonderful. Levin has written a political novel as deft and cunning as any politician. As well as she knows that game, she's even shrewder about love and lust, family and friendship, the faces we put on and the mysteries we remain. She reminds us of the suffering in every scandal, especially that of the hapless unfortunates who share their lives with the boldfaced names. Here the personal and the political truly are one."
Bill Curry, Counselor to President Clinton
We all see negative ads in political campaigns but rarely consider how they affect the people involved -- the targets and the attacker alike. This human drama takes the transaction off the air waves and integrates it into a flesh and blood story of two candidates battling their fears, worries about their past.and each other. It is not just behind the scenes in a campaign. The book takes you inside the heads of the candidates and their consultants to show you what these campaigns cost all the participants.
Author and Political Consultant
In this sexy, sensitive and observant novel, Levin, who knows politics, - and knows the motivations and hopes and fears that politicians often have, writes a mystery story against the background of two women competing for the Democratic primary for the Senate from New York. For a realistic, passionate and page turning experience, read Musical Chairs.
Managing Director, Global Strategy Group
|Publisher:||First Edition Design Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Roberta Palmer is a gorgeous former high fashion model, married to David, a successful, wealthy US Senator. He has just now passed away, and Roberta is tapped by the Governor to finish out David’s term of office. She is now thrust into the world of high stakes politics and must cope with her radically changed life. This is how Sheila Levin’s brilliant novel, Musical Chairs, begins. We are thus given a window into the maneuvering, plotting, and challenges of US politics. But that is not the whole story. We are also led into the complex and conflicted lives of the people that surround her. Everyone in this elegantly written drama is coping with themes of love, sex and infidelity, dysfunctional marriages and families, and navigating the sometimes treacherous passages through various stages of life. This makes for a truly gripping, beautifully and smartly written story with something for everyone. The author describes these characters, and tells the story in such a compelling manner, that I was unable to put the book down. The writing is sometimes poetic but not in a cloying way. Rather, we are given vivid and clear portrayals of these people in crisis. I can’t recommend Musical Chairs highly enough, and hope everyone enjoys reading this as much as I did.