A Fashion of Bastards

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Salem Author Services, Nov 19, 2014 - Fiction - 676 pages
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When Lacey Ames arrives in Washington to 'marry up' and take a job on Capitol Hill, she looks poised to capture the fast-fading American dream. Her handsome fiance has already hitched their wagon to Vice President Marvin's rising star, and her new boss, popular Senator George, has given her the assignment of her dreams: to protect the mysteriously dwindling Great Lakes. Add to the mix old law school friend Jezzebo Karadjordje, the feisty bi-sexual author, and new friend Nelson Peck, the dashing but cynical linguist from the Kennedy-esque Peck-Adams clan, and Lacey has the beginnings of a posse to boot, not to mention a dazzling pool of tempting potential lovers that includes the infamously irresistible Senator George himself. But Lacey soon wonders if anyone but her dog can be trusted as her new life collides with a secret government plot to gain total control of the world's largest oil supplies. From solving a soldier shortage by drafting illegal immigrants to selling a private pipeline into Lake Michigan and framing Japan for terrorism, Lacey's opposition will do absolutely anything to achieve their goals. The question is what will Lacey do to achieve hers? Nothing and no one is spared as A Fashion of Bastards drags current U.S. culture clashes over energy, immigration, gender ethics, warfare and water kicking and screaming to their logical, over-the-top conclusions. Whether a reader is male or female, progressive or conservative, white, black, brown, red, yellow or green, A Fashion of Bastards provides an equal opportunity for all to laugh (and scream) at our beloved democracy and the ordinary human frailty that derails it.

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Suburban Chicago native Joanna Louise Johnson's storytelling career launched in 1997 with Ruckus is Brave (ISBN 0-9661935-0-4), a childrens story about finding courage in new situations. Several screenplays followed including Meeting Dinah (Hawthorne Direct/Producer 2003), High Again (SLAMDANCE Quarterfinals 2003), THX (Aaron Riggs/Producer 2009), Common Brown (AriesWorks Entertainment, optioned 2010), and Too Beautiful, the screen adaptation of Amelie Nothomb's French novel Attentat (co-written with Joel Mitchell/Executive Producer, pre-production 2010). Several of Joanna's dark comedies, including A Fashion of Bastards, Corruption Patrol, and Third Wife derive from her adventures (and occasional misadventures) as an environmental lawyer in the Midwest, Montana and Washington, D.C.

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