Comedians often thank Congress for providing them with satirical material to mine for comedy. Now a sitting member of Congress has decided to do the same—US Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) has announced that he will not seek re-election in order to follow his heart and build his career as a satirical novelist. This news came as a blow to Democrats who counted on the popular congressman and Nancy Pelosi ally to hold his seat.
Whatever the wider ranging political reasons, we’re delighted to keep an eye out for the congressman’s sophomore book. Booklist praised his freshman effort. “As political satires go, it’s really good; as debut novels go, it’s even better.”
For more on what may have shaped Israel’s decision, check out this article in the Washington Post.
The Global War on Morris: A Novel (Simon & Schuster, 2014)
Israel’s first novel is the story of Morris, a quiet pharmaceutical salesman who through a strange series of government surveillance mistakes becomes USA’s public enemy number one. It’s a comical political satire that feels as authentic as it is ridiculous, being written by a man who knows the ins and outs of the system from experience.