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Landfall by Thomas Mallon
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Feb 19, 2019 | 496 Pages
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“Entertainingly bitchy . . . Landfall is smart and knowing and absorbing.  It is to novels as good studio movies are to movies—extremely well-made, satisfying if you have a taste for [a] genre occasionally excellent.  The prose is a pleasure . . . Landfall is fascinating.” —Kurt Anderson, The New York Times Book Review 

“As in Mr. Mallon’s many other novels, the writing is crisp and witty, the central characters complex and sympathetic in surprising ways, the narrative structure tight. . . [a] superbly written novel . . . Mr. Mallon has a gift”—The Wall Street Journal

“For lovers of American politics, a new novel by Thomas Mallon is always a mouth-watering prospect . . . Many of the characters from that era will be brought to life on the page with Mallon’s trademark wit and, crucially, no little sympathy.” —The National

“[A] comic saga by a lauded writer of historical fiction. . .” O Magazine

“Fantastic . . . Mallon provides juicy, humanized depictions of interactions between the familiar talking heads of state . . . This novel makes a fascinating flesh-and-blood spectacle out of moments now relegated to history.”—Publishers Weekly

It’s nice that we have a writer as skilled as Thomas Mallon to imagine [this] for us . . . At its best, Mallon’s amusing new novel, Landfall, operates like the thought-bubble we’d always wanted . . . Close readers might detect the faintest echo of Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men . . .” —The Washington Post

“Mallon, a veteran of political fiction, has written a blackly comic novel . . .” —The New York Times

“An edgy read. There’s a bit of a thrill there, stoked by Thomas Mallon’s sharp, often witty, writing and his confident skeptical voice. Most readers will find descriptions that will startle and delight. . . Landfall offers a lot to think about and quite a bit of fun, too.”—The Washington Times

“[An] incisive insider’s view . . . Mallon demonstrates great skill in animating a large cast of prominent personalities . . . [this] latest fictional portrayal of the American political scene is impressively detailed and enticingly readable.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Thomas Mallon is a jack of all trades. . . But he’s known best for historical fiction that places peripheral or imaginary characters amid headline-grabbing events. . . [Mallon] deliver[s] genuine, shocking twists.” —Seattle Times

“Remarkable . . . Mallon brings historical figures to life . . .” —BBC

“Marvelously detailed, often darkly funny, as informative as it is entertaining. Mallon may well be the 21st century’s Anthony Trollope.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Masterful . . .” —Dallas Morning News

“Mallon’s work is breathtaking in its depth and humanity. He has turned his focused microscope on recent history and unlocked the covert lives of public figures. Part love story and part tragic drama that never ceases to keep the reader interested and involved. A+” Seattle Book Review

“Wonderfully entertaining romp . . . Stunning.” —The Washington Post

“A well-researched view of the jealousies and back-room dealings of early 21st-century American politics.” —BookPage

“Talented storyteller . . . [a] real pleasure . . . Mallon is a master of dialogue, spinning lines for his characters that sound exactly like what you would expect them to say, only more so . . .” Commentary

Table Of Contents

CAST OF CHARACTERS
(Persons with names in quotation marks are entirely fictional.)

Buzz Aldrin:
American astronaut; landed on the moon with Apollo 11
Mohammed Yusef Asefi: Afghan physician and painter
“Kevin Barden”: U.S. embassy staffer in Baghdad
Cherie Blair: prominent barrister; wife of the British prime minister
Tony Blair: prime minister of the United Kingdom
Kathleen Blanco: governor of Louisiana
Lindy Boggs: former member of the House of Representatives (D-LA) and former ambassador to the Holy See
Josh Bolten: director of Office of Management and Budget; White House chief of staff (April 2006–January 2009)
John Bolton: U.S. ambassador to the United Nations
“Emile Bourreau”: assistant concierge at the Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans
Stephen Breyer: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
“Bill Bright”: builder and political operative from Slaton, Texas
Tom Brokaw: author and former network anchorman
Sherrod Brown: Democratic senator-elect from Ohio
Barbara Bush: former First Lady of the United States
George H. W. Bush: forty-first president of the United States
George W. Bush: forty-third president of the United States
Laura Bush: First Lady of the United States
Neil M. Bush: younger brother of the president of the United States 
“Mrs. Randolph Caine”: New Orleans realtor and preservationist 
Steve Cambone: undersecretary of defense for intelligence 
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall: wife of the Prince of Wales 
Andrew Card: White House chief of staff (January 2001–April 2006) 
James Carville: Democratic political consultant and commentator 
“The Chairman”: head of the “National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities” 
Charles, Prince of Wales: heir to the British throne 
Dick Cheney: vice president of the United States 
Liz Cheney: daughter of the vice president; principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs 
Lynne Cheney: wife of the vice president 
Jacques Chirac: president of France 
Bill Clinton: forty-second president of the United States 
Hillary Rodham Clinton: Democratic senator from New York; former First Lady of the United States 
Stephen Colbert: comedian; host of The Colbert Report 
Howard Dean: former governor of Vermont; chairman of the Democratic National Committee 
Tom DeLay: member of the House of Representatives (R-TX) and majority leader 
John Dingell: member of the House of Representatives (D-MI) 
Christopher Dodd: Democratic senator from Connecticut 
Bob Dole: former Republican senator from Kansas and defeated presidential candidate 
Elizabeth Dole: Republican senator from North Carolina; wife of Bob Dole 
David Herbert Donald: retired Harvard professor and Lincoln biographer 
Matt Drudge: Internet news aggregator; editor of the Drudge Report 
John Edwards: former Democratic senator from North Carolina and defeated vice-presidential nominee 
Betty Ford: former First Lady of the United States 
“Gary Fowler”: community activist in Holy Cross neighborhood of New Orleans
Bill Frist: U.S. senator from Tennessee; Republican majority leader
Michael Gerson: chief speechwriter to the president
Gabrielle Giffords: U.S. representative-elect (D-AZ)
“Tim Gleeson”: Australian contract security officer in Baghdad
Jim Granberry: mayor of Lubbock, Texas (1970–1972)
Merv Griffin: television host and show-business entrepreneur
Stephen J. Hadley: national security advisor
Joe Hagin: deputy White House chief of staff
Kent Hance: member of the House of Representatives (D-TX), 1979–1985
“Fadhil Hasani”: interpreter for Allison O’Connor in Baghdad
“Pirnaz Hasani”: infant daughter of Fadhil and Rukia Hasani
“Rukia Hasani”: wife and widow of Fadhil Hasani
Dennis Hastert: Republican speaker of the House of Representatives
Mary Hatfield: Democratic party activist Lubbock, Texas
Carol Blue Hitchens: journalist; wife of Christopher Hitchens
Christopher Hitchens: journalist
Karen Hughes: former counselor to the president; undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs
Rielle Hunter: videographer and mistress of former senator John Edwards
John Irving: American novelist
Bobby Jindal: member of the House of Representatives (R-LA), 2005–2008
Frederick W. Kagan: resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Hamid Karzai: president of Afghanistan
Brett Kavanaugh: White House staff secretary
Karen Keller: personal secretary to the president
John Kerry: Democratic senator from Massachusetts; defeated 2004 candidate for president
Zalmay Khalilzad: U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan (November 2003–June 2005) and U.S. ambassador to Iraq (June 2005–March 2007)
Larry King: host of CNN’s Larry King Live
Michael Kinsley: journalist and editor
Henry Kissinger: former secretary of state
Junichiro Koizumi: prime minister of Japan 
“Matthew Lang”: archivist, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum 
Trent Lott: Republican senator from Mississippi 
John McCain: Republican senator from Arizona 
Scott McClellan: White House press secretary (July 2003–May 2006) 
Sean McCormack: assistant secretary of state for public affairs 
Peter MacKay: Canadian foreign minister 
“Anne Macmurray”: babysitter and nanny for Holley Weatherall O’Connor 
Mary Matalin: book editor; advisor to Vice President Cheney 
Harriet Miers: White House legal counsel 
“Charles Montoya”: Army private wounded in Iraq 
“Lucinda Montoya”: Private Montoya’s aunt and caregiver 
“Father Anthony Montrose”: New Orleans parish priest 
“Mrs. Morris”: U.S. embassy staffer in Kabul, Afghanistan 
Ray Nagin: mayor of New Orleans 
Gordon Novel: New Orleans resident with ties to assassination conspiracy theories 
“Allison O’Connor”: staff member of the National Security Council 
“Holley Weatherall O’Connor”: daughter of Ross Weatherall and Allison O’Connor 
“Patricia O’Connor”: mother of Allison O’Connor 
Sandra Day O’Connor: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 
Peter Pace: chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 
Dina Powell: deputy undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs 
Vladimir Putin: president of Russia 
Lyudmila Putina: wife of Vladimir Putin 
Nancy Reagan: former First Lady; widow of President Ronald Reagan 
William Rehnquist: sixteenth chief justice of the United States 
Condoleezza Rice: U.S. secretary of state 
Ann Richards: former governor of Texas 
John Roberts: seventeenth chief justice of the United States 
Karl Rove: White House deputy chief of staff for policy 
Donald Rumsfeld: U.S. secretary of defense
Salman Rushdie: Indian novelist
Terri Schiavo: (1963–2005), central figure in protracted right-to-die legal battle
“Rolf Schmidt”: German constitutional lawyer working in Baghdad’s Green Zone
Brent Scowcroft: national security advisor to President George H. W. Bush
Cindy Sheehan: war protester; mother of soldier killed in Iraq
Mina Sherzoy: founder of the Afghan Women’s Business Federation
Tony Snow: White House press secretary (May 2006–September 2007)
Jack Straw: British MP and foreign secretary (June 2001–May 2006)
Andrew Sullivan: political journalist and blogger
Margaret Thatcher: former prime minister of the United Kingdom
Greta Van Susteren: television journalist, Fox News; host of On the Record
Donatella Versace: Italian fashion designer
Michael G. Vickers: analyst, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
John Warner: Republican senator from Virginia
Gene Washington: former professional football player for the San Francisco 49ers
“Carlotta Watson”: resident of New Orleans’ Holy Cross neighborhood
“Archer Weatherall”: son of Ross Weatherall
“Caitlyn Weatherall”: daughter of Ross Weatherall
“Darryl Weatherall”: attorney in Lubbock, Texas; brother of Ross Weatherall
“Deborah Weatherall”: university librarian; wife of Ross Weatherall
“Donna Weatherall”: mother of Ross Weatherall
“Ross Weatherall”: director, Homeland Heritage Division, National Endowment of the Arts and Humanities
Allen Weinstein: archivist of the United States
Jim Wilkinson: senior advisor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Tom Wolfe: American novelist and essayist
Paul Wolfowitz: deputy secretary of defense and president of the World Bank

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