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Pianist in a Bordello
Pianist in a Bordello By Mike C. Erickson What would happen if a politician decided to tell the truth—the whole truth? Richard Youngblood, aspiring Congressman, is about to find out. He’s running on a platform of honesty and transparency—and against the advice of his friends and advisers he’s decided to start with himself. His autobiography will lay his entire life bare before voters just days before the election. And what a life he’s had. Born in a commune and named Richard Milhous Nixon Youngblood as an angry shot at his absent father, Richard grows up in the spotlight, the son of an enigmatic fugitive and the grandson of a Republican senator. He’s kidnapped and rescued, kicked out of college for a prank involving turkeys, arrested in Hawaii while trying to deliver secrets to the CIA…Dick Nixon Youngblood’s ready to tell all. He’ll even tell his readers about the Amandas—three women who share a name but not much else, and who each have helped shape and define the man he’s become. Are voters really ready for the whole truth? Are you? Pianist in a Bordello is a hilarious political romp through the last four decades of American history, from a narrator who is full of surprises.
Plot/Idea: 4 out of 10
Originality: 3 out of 10
Prose: 6 out of 10
Character/Execution: 3 out of 10
Overall: 4.00 out of 10


Framed as aspiring congressman Dick Youngblood’s autobiography, this satirical novel offers a broadly comic overview of U.S. political history of the last four decades. At times, the over-the-top farce casts in high relief the borderline absurdity of political ambition. The protagonist is affable enough, and his narrative voice -- suitable for a political aspirant -- is charismatic and funny, even if the text is not always convincing as a political memoir. Some of the narrative choices intended for humor ultimately backfire, which only serves to confuse the reader.

Date Submitted: July 27, 2016