02 July 2011

On My Bookshelf: Stumbling Forward by Christopher Truscott

“If this idiot gets elected to Congress, we’re moving to Australia.”

Categorized as a political novel, this book is so much more. I have to be honest and say that I don’t have a lot of interest in politics, let alone American politics, but Truscott’s easy writing style hooked me in the sample and kept me reading me to the end. What happens behind the political scenes was interesting, not to mention educational, but for me it was more about the character dynamics. A sprinkling of humor, some classic one-liners, and a dash of sexual tension all add up to make this a great read.

Clarissa Rogers is a young idealist who’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime.

Unfortunately, however, that means serving as communications director for a hopelessly egotistical, opportunistic and unqualified congressional candidate.

It isn’t too miserable at first. Alex Hogan has no chance of actually getting elected to represent Minnesota’s 7th District. Then he gets lucky—again and again and again.

As Election Day nears, Clarissa’s hit with the reality that winning may not be the best thing. Along the way, she captivates a womanizing political consultant, draws the attention of people who could change the world, and emerges as the one person who might actually be able to send Alex Hogan to Congress.


Christopher Truscott is a former journalist who now occasionally works as a political strategist. He’s a veteran of two dozen local, state and federal campaigns over the last 10 years. When he’s not obsessing about politics, he can usually be found watching the Minnesota Twins or telling people about his cats, Benny and Boo. He lives in a suburb of St. Paul, Minn., and can be reached by e-mail at chris.truscott@gmail.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/christruscott.



  1. I've made almost the same comment as the opening line about some of the presidential candidates in the US, Vicki. It sounds good like a good read.

  2. :)

    I think it's a book you'd enjoy, Al.