A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
“That’s a good line. ‘Maybe I reacted perhaps not perfectly.’ Are you sure you didn’t study law?” Pepper Cartwright is the outraged sender of this statement, and Buddy Bixby is the aggrieved receiver; the context is an assessment of their nuptial and business relationships. One of the items up for discussion is the strain Pepper placed on their marriage when she agreed to be considered for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. And why was she offered the nomination? Because of her spectacular success as the TV judge of Courtroom Six.
In Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley, drastic times call for drastic measures and President Vanderdamp was determined to propose a candidate that the Senate Judiciary Committee could not oppose. When Pepper is actually confirmed to the Court, the plot goes from the sublime to the ridiculous and back, again and again. Art imitates life, and vice versa; ask anyone who watches reality TV shows and current events, and Buckley’s the best at helping us make sense—and nonsense—of it all. His other super satires include Boomsday and No Way to Treat a First Lady.
Review by Christine