Hartsburg, USA: A Novel

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 28, 2008 - Fiction - 368 pages
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Hartsburg, Ohio, is a vintage rust-belt town on the wane; the factories and foundries are closed. And as the local cineplex gives way to yet another fundamentalist church, an ideological turf war has begun.
Oppressed by a dominant culture hostile to her values, born-again Christian mom Bevy Baer decides to run for a spot on the school board. Her plucky door-to-door campaign finds trouble when it runs into Wallace Cormier. A failed Hollywood screenwriter who has returned to his hometown to raise his daughter and churn out an uninspired newspaper column, Cormier fears that he's gone soft. When Bevy knocks on his door, he decides to fight for his town and his beliefs. But has he jumped in over his head? Signs are posted, debates scheduled, sausage-making contests endured...and then big-time political advisers get involved. Soon Cormier and Bevy find themselves in a passionate, nationally televised, tooth-and-nail battle that leaves voters wondering which candidate, if either, is on the side of the angels. It's red versus blue, Christian versus atheist, and the future of the country-or at least of one town and two families-seems to hang in the balance.
Hartsburg, USA is at once absurd and utterly believable, a portrait of people on both sides of the American political divide, their stark differences and common humanity.
 

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HARTSBURG, USA

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All politics is local in this engagingly warm novel that humanizes the country's culture wars.The second novel by former political speechwriter Mizner (Political Animal, 2004) could have been a ... Read full review

Hartsburg, USA: A Novel

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In the heartland of America, Bevy Baer and Wallace Cormier are in competition for a seat on the school board. Bevy's fundamentalist Christian agenda includes teaching creationism and Christian moral ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
6
Section 3
19
Section 4
26
Section 5
37
Section 6
49
Section 7
59
Section 8
66
Section 24
224
Section 25
233
Section 26
242
Section 27
251
Section 28
256
Section 29
263
Section 30
267
Section 31
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
105
Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
165
Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
345
Section 41
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Section 42
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Section 43
359
Section 44
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A former campaign worker and speechwriter, David Mizner is the author of a previous novel, Political Animal. He lives in New York City.

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