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Commonwealth : a novel

Author: Joey Goebel
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : MacAdam Cage, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Somewhere in the middle of America dwells Blue Gene Mapother, a mullet-headed patriot who staunchly supports the American war effort without question. Besides his patriotism, little enlivens Blue Gene except for pro wrestling, cigarettes, and any instance in which he thinks his masculinity is at stake. Nothing out of the ordinary there-except that he hails from the eleventh wealthiest family in the country." "Long  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Political fiction
Satire
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joey Goebel
ISBN: 9781596922792 1596922796 9781596922969 1596922966
OCLC Number: 183928642
Description: 511 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: by Joey Goebel.
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"Somewhere in the middle of America dwells Blue Gene Mapother, a mullet-headed patriot who staunchly supports the American war effort without question. Besides his patriotism, little enlivens Blue Gene except for pro wrestling, cigarettes, and any instance in which he thinks his masculinity is at stake. Nothing out of the ordinary there-except that he hails from the eleventh wealthiest family in the country." "Long estranged from the rest of the Mapothers, Blue Gene is called back into the fold after his mother, a fanatical Christian socialite, has a dream in which she sees her oldest son, the handsome but anxious John Hurstbourne Mapother, becoming an apocalyptic world savior - or, in this case, a United States congressman. Asked to add a little common man credibility to his brother's campaign, Blue Gene is happy to help - that is, until a charming, politically-savvy, punk rock girl encourages him to really ponder, for the first time in his life, why his family's interests don't always line up with his own." "With his trademark combination of searing wit and genuine sentiment, Joey Goebel's Commonwealth captures the many faces of Middle America-from flea markets to mansions to gigantic Wal-Marts-and lays bare the bizarre relationship between the"high"and "low" classes of our (sometimes) great nation."--Jacket.

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