Again showing he can write a novel as well as he writes the nonfiction for which he’s known, Larry Wright focuses his wit and literary skill on his home state. Drawing on a deep knowledge of Texas politics—and his view of Lone Star politicking as part comedy, part tragedy—Wright spins a rollicking satirical tale about an ineffectual small-time rancher named Sonny Lamb who unexpectedly becomes a state house legislator. While Republican power brokers expect the novice Lamb to do as he’s told, Lamb has other ideas and struggles to balance environmental concerns and personal ethics against the pressures of veteran politicians and lobbyists. The characters turn out to be engagingly multilayered—much like a Texas barbecue sandwich—and their dilemmas as twisted as, well, a Texas tumbleweed in a dust storm.
They’re the odd magical family in town--rumored to help those who need it but burdened with curses and heartbreak. Sadie’s grandmother has only weeks to live, her estranged twin brother has returned to town, and a past boyfriend is sneaking his way back into her life. She’s not sure she has the strength to hold everything together, but either way, she has to decide which comes first: her magic or her desire for love.
To escape her dying father and chronically ill husband for a weekend, our unnamed narrator takes a hike in the California desert and gets much more than she bargained for. Comically biblical, this book has it all: communing with God in the desert, talking rocks, anticipatory grief, superstitious Jewish mothers, bisexual angst, and the most sensual description of a cactus I've ever come across. If you’re looking for something weird, sad, and satisfying, this is it!