A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Windy City: A Novel of Politics by Scott Simon is book that succeeds on every level. It’s an engrossing story about local politics: “This is Chicago… The dead can vote. Surely we can figure out a way to register a man who’s still alive.” It features colorful characters, several of whom bear more than a passing resemblance to real civic leaders. It’s a terrific whodunit. There are bitter and sweet love and family interests; there’s even a cat. Humor? Plenty of it, including witty dialogue and such malapropisms as, “I am humbled by the spontaneous combustion of outpouring I have received.” There are thoughtful observations on how aldermen balance ethics and pragmatism: if something is right, how can they bend the rules to make it happen? Many Public Radio listeners may find it hard to believe that someone with Scott Simon’s reporting talent is also a gifted novelist, but this book proves that he is indeed. And, for another superb – but very different – Simon novel, check out Pretty Birds (Fic Simon).
Review by Christine