When the scandal broke, she dumped him.
Now he’s running again. And he needs her support.
When Governor Tom Olson humiliated himself in a sex scandal, the people of Wisconsin rallied to the side of his popular wife, kicking the Governor out of office and onto the political scrap heap.
Now he thinks he can win a seat in Congress – unless his wife decides to sink his candidacy.
Accompanied by his reluctant biographer, the disgraced politician hits the campaign trail, testing whether one man's misplaced confidence is enough to overcome the hatred and mockery of a nation.
THE RACE is a fast-paced novella that takes a humorous and insightful look at the effects of campaigns on politicians and the people around them.
Jacke Wilson is the pen name of a writer who was born and raised in Wisconsin and has since lived in Chicago, Italy, Taiwan, Michigan, Seattle, California, and New York City. Formerly a Capitol Hill staffer, he now lives and works in the Washington D.C. area. He can be found at jackewilson.com and @WriterJacke.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I found this book absolutely fascinating. There was no crime to investigate, no thrills, no action scenes, no romantic scenes just a compelling story that is a journey through what motivates a man to do what he does. The story is told by a lawyer who is asked by a disgraced politician to help him organize his biography. Then the politician decides he wants to run for office again. He has no support from the media, no support from his party and especially no support from his family. Why? Because while serving as the governor of the state of Wisconsin he had an affair and disappeared for a few days to be with his mistress. Only in this story, his wife does not stand by her husband on stage or anywhere else and neither do his children. People turn away when he walks down the street. And yet he continues until the last moment to be optimistic that the voters will come through for him. Our storyteller is with the candidate through every step of his campaign because he has no manager and no staff. I couldn’t help but feel that there is a lot of truth in the author’s portrayal of the candidate that confirms my personal opinion that some of them seem to live in a bit of a fantasy world. I also found the author’s writing style to be very approachable, like a friend relating a story. Bottom line, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to everyone. And since it’s a novella and doesn’t require a huge commitment of time, those of you that might not typically pick up a book in this genre should really give it a try. I hope to read more from Jacke Wilson in the near future.