Sunday, January 19, 2014
The Confidante, by Diana Dixon Healy
This is the best political fiction I have read in some time. (Insert a joke about Obamacare or the George Washington Bridge here if you wish.)
I remember almost twenty years ago thinking that someone could craft a nice piece of fiction out of the fifteen minutes of fame of Linda Tripp. You may remember that she was the bureaucrat Monica Lewinsky unwisely confided in. I never got around to writing such a piece but Healy has, combining it with traces of another political scandal of more recent vintage.
Peggy is a mousy young woman who works for a presidential campaign. She is flattered when the more vibrant worker Kim takes an interest in her. They start meeting regularly and Kim begins to tell her secrets, secrets that could change political history...
Some lovely twists in this one.