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In BOOMSDAY, Christopher Buckley envisions the nation's next brouhaha-generational warfare between Baby Boomers and younger Americans who don't want to be stuck paying the bill, and how this conflict...
In BOOMSDAY, Christopher Buckley envisions the nation's next brouhaha-generational warfare between Baby Boomers and younger Americans who don't want to be stuck paying the bill, and how this conflict...
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  • In BOOMSDAY, Christopher Buckley envisions the nation's next brouhaha-generational warfare between Baby Boomers and younger Americans who don't want to be stuck paying the bill, and how this conflict provokes the most outlandish presidential campaign ever.

    Cassandra Devine, a straight-A student, was like any other seventeen-year-old Yale hopeful until was forced to join the army because her father spent her tuition money on a dotcom start-up. Years later, Cassandra has become a Washington spin doctor and blogger who rails against the "Un-greatest" generation's mishandling of the Social Security debt. When she learns her father remarried and bought his dim-witted son's way into Yale, she suggests that Baby Boomers be given government incentives to kill themselves by age 75.

    This proposal catches on with outraged citizens and a senator seeking the youth vote for his presidential bid. With the help of Washington's greatest PR strategist, Cassandra and the senator try to ride the issue of euthanasia to the White House. Their opposition includes the president, who's running for reelection; a pro-life preacher, who may have killed his mother; and, of course Baby Boomers.

 
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  • AudioFile Magazine The acting talents of Janeane Garofalo and the satirical prose of Christopher Buckley combine in a send-up of politics, public relations, and intergenerational relationships. Garofalo perfectly captures the dry wit and sarcasm of Gen-X public relations professional Cassandra Devine, who is trying to warn her blog readers that the economy is about to collapse due to the impending retirement of millions of Baby Boomers. Garofalo also delivers the highbrow accent of a Massachusetts senator and creates a hilarious portrayal of a Southern Baptist senator. Buckley's novel is a delightful mix of strong characters and plot twists, and Garofalo's performance more than does it justice. R.F. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine
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