The latest book by award-winning author and journalist, Jo Piazza, Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win, is due out July 24, 2018, just in time to tuck into your beach bag. It’s a wake-up call for readers everywhere to re-examine the way all political candidates and their families are treated on the campaign trail; and most especially, the strength it takes for a woman to enter and endure a political campaign at any level.
Charlotte Walsh is inspired by the chance to make a difference following a presidential election that rocked the country as no previous election ever has. Completely clueless as to how nasty and personal a political campaign can become, she enters the race for the U.S. Senate in her home state of Pennsylvania. Charlotte and her husband, Max, are also unprepared for the effects the rigors of campaigning can have on a marriage, as well as the harshness by which the press judges both of them.
In Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win, Piazza notes with disgust the way in which Americans are practically at each other’s throats, more divided than ever. Important to note in this story is the truth that no one can bring back coal-mining jobs or other similar low-skilled jobs when companies have turned to automation. Older, mostly white men who once held these types of jobs are offended that they need re-training, but if they want work, they must learn 21st-century skills. Piazza skillfully works this and many other important points into this very pertinent novel.
Piazza examines many more important topics, including school teachers who cannot afford adequate medical care due to poor insurance coverage resulting from federal cuts in public school funding. She points out the difference between owning a gun for providing food, and owning an assault weapon that has the capacity to kill hundreds of people in seconds. Additionally, she brought up a topic I had not considered: the fact that, in trying to make work and daily life easier and more productive, Silicon Valley made so many jobs obsolete, it devastated the American worker.
I enjoyed Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win, but was very disappointed at the ending. I hate it when the ending of a book is abrupt and/or leaves me guessing what happens next. I sure hope there will be a sequel.
What Makes This Book Reviewer Grumpy?
Using the word “loan” when “lend” is appropriate;
- missing punctuation;
- mis-placement of the word “only” in sentences.