The acclaimed author of the intensely powerful novel Pretty Birds, Scott Simon now gives us a story that is both laugh-out-loud funny and heart-piercingas sprawling and brawling as Chicago, where politics is a contact sport.The mayor of Chicago is found in his office late at night, sitting in his boxer shorts, facedown dead in a pizza.
But as acting interim mayor for a few days, Sunny must deal with forty-nine other aldermen who have their own clashing ambitions.How will Sunny do whats best for both his family and city in a time of crisis?As The Last Hurrah embodied urban politics for a previous generation, Windy City captures politics in the multiethnic tumult of todays big city, where a stalled subway raises fears of a terrorist attack and smoke-filled rooms are abolished by no-smoking statutes.
The story takes a raft of colorful characterspinky-ringed pols, pious reformers, money-grubbers, and wheeler-dealers of every creed, color, and proclivitythrough City Hall corridors, neighborhood restaurants and clubs, weddings, sex scandals, gospel churches, police stations, and sting operations to deliver an ending that is unexpectedly noble.Windy City is a roller coaster of a novel that dips and soars through the amusement park of politics.
With echoes of Primary Colors and Thank You for Smoking, Windy City will win votes as the best political novel in many years.
Its personal storyabout a flawed, decent man thrust suddenly under hot lightswill also win hearts.Praise for Windy City: Delectable Offers an insiders view of the kind of urban political frayalbeit fictionalthat Barack Obama emerged from as an Illinois state legislator representing Chicagos South Side.
Simons choice of herois an immensely appealing figure.Washington Post Book WorldPitch-perfect Scott Simon, NPR host, knows his way around politics His dialogue throws off sparks and shrieks like a Chicago El-carRecommended to all political junkies.The Roanoke Times (Virginia)A hilarious satirical novel about politics.Clarence Page, The Chicago TribuneEntertaining and well-observed renders the inner workings of City Hall with wit and aplomb.Some of Simons Chicagoans may be con artists, crooks, amoral opportunists or blowhards, sometimes all of the above, but the author still treats them with great affection and respect, creating an impressively large and diverse cast of charactersAdam Langer, The Chicago TribuneA great novel filled with emotional turmoil, gritty political decisions, murders, homicide attempts, a suicide and even a touch of romancea human and fully realized portrait of the people caught up in contemporary public life.Time Out ChicagoA big-hearted bear-hug of a novel embracing roots and family, eccentricities and failings, and dappled with the sights, sounds and grit of the Windy Citymakes this an energizing and loving contemporary urban fable.GO Magazine, AirTran AirwaysA rather sentimental, positive picture of the democratic process.
Pittsburgh Post-GazetteWindy City is funny and tender full of boisterous love for the sport of politics and Chicago.
The best political novel in years.Christopher Buckley, author of Boomsday and Thank You for Smoking