Christopher Buckley Boomsday

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BOOMSDAY'S heroine is Cassandra Devine, a charismatic 29-year-old blogger who incites massive political turmoil when, outraged over mounting Social Security debt, she politely suggests that Baby Boomers be given government incentives to kill themselves by age 75. Her modest proposal catches fire with millions of her outraged peers ("Generation Whatever") and an ambitious Senator seeking to gain the youth vote in his presidential campaign.
With the help of Washington's greatest spin doctor, the blogger and the politician try to ride the issue of euthanasia for Boomers (they call it "Transitioning") all the way to the White House, over the forceful objections of the Religious Right and, of course, Baby Boomers, who are deeply offended by demonstrations on the golf courses of their retirement resorts.

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Christopher Buckley, "the quintessential political novelist of his time" according to Fortune magazine, is the winner of the distinguished ninth annual Thurber Prize for American Humor, Tom Wolfe has described him as "one of the funniest writers in the English language."
Buckley is the author of eleven books, many of them national bestsellers, including Thank You For Smoking, God Is My Broker, No Way To Treat A First Lady, and Florence of Arabia. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages, including Russian and Korean.

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Government-encouraged suicide isnÕt a new idea for fiction--think SOYLENT GREEN, WELCOME TO THE MONKEY HOUSE, and THE CHILDREN OF MEN. But Christopher BuckleyÕs approach--mass suicide as a panacea for a defective Social Security system--is boldly absurd and, at the same time, sobering. In other words, itÕs everything you expect from good satire. The narrative is timely and amusing, but the real revelation is Janeane GarofaloÕs reading. SheÕs great as the voice of Cassandra, the 29-year-old blogger who instigates this social revolution, and sheÕs also excellent at voicing the roundtable of special interests--a right-wing evangelist, a dirty-tricks president, and a gung-ho senator who is an amputee. The result is a truly democratic audiobook that makes fun of all parties equally. R.W.S. 2008 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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