In The Short Fall, a speechwriter is accidentally shot in a botched assassination attempt instead of the presidential candidate for whom he works, a man the speechwriter believes he created from words. The candidate is only a ventriloquist’s dummy.
With a marvelous eye for humor and a keen intelligence, Waldorf plays with language and chronology in to tell the story of one man, one campaign, and one culture wrapped in its own spin and lunacy. Set before the Internet revolution, this is a story within a story—the speechwriter’s autobiography, a monologue—and we piece together our own story through his, a narrative about American politics that is illuminating and infuriating and yes, comedic, even in the face of tragedy.
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