“O”: Who wrote this book?
Early reviews are tepid, but that hasn't kept politicos from puzzling over the identity of the anonymous author of "O."
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The 353-page novel starts in the spring of 2011 and follows an African-American president through a turbulent 2012 re-election campaign. Major characters include thinly-veiled replicas of White House insiders, including an overworked Avi Samuelson (David Axelrod), a flamboyant Bianca Stefani (Arianna Huffington), Maddy Cohen, a reporter for the uber-popular political blog “Body Politic” (Politico), as well as a number of GOP operatives.Skip to next paragraph
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As “O” nears its Tuesday release, speculation has hit a fevered pitch. Perhaps it was an Obama campaign insider? A former member of the White House staff? Or a consortium of political reporters? The guessing game is clearly one part of Simon & Schuster’s contrived marketing campaign that has whipped what appears to be an uninspired, unconvincing novel into the talk of the town in Washington – and now the guessing game extends far beyond the Beltway.
The Guardian ruled out “Rahm Emanuel (... a little busy running for mayor of Chicago), David Plouffe (has enough on his plate as Obama's new senior adviser) and the TV comedian Stephen Colbert (the book is not funny enough to have been by him).” USA Today voted for soon-to-depart press secretary Robert Gibbs or John McCain’s speechwriter Mark Salter. The Toronto Star suggested journalist George Stephanopoulos, journalist and former Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal, and Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau.
But Jack Cashill of the American Thinker blog is convinced he’s got the golden ticket.
“About 15 minutes of literary detective work leads me to a likely suspect,” he writes. “My suspect served as a diplomat with the US Department of State for 23 years, but left government employ a few years back in order to devote full-time to his writing. He has written three novels. His name is James Bruno.”
Simon & Schuster, of course, remains tight-lipped.
One more hint: “O” is dedicated, “For K and R,” and later, in the acknowledgements: “Finally, for their generous friendship, I want to thank K and R, to whom this book is affectionately dedicated.”
Who do you think the mystery author is?
Husna Haq is a Monitor correspondent.