From the Campaign Trail or Thereabouts is the story of two insulated Upper West Side journalists, Harold Carlyle, a self-serving, incompetent reporter desperate to save both his career and marriage, and his wife, Pattie, an observant, sharp-tongued, and successful television critic. When Harold is assigned to cover the 2016 Presidential Election, he devises a scheme to save his marriage by taking Pattie with him across the country. From the Campaign Trail or Thereabouts dives into the contradictory, divided, and all-too-often unsettling state of the union. Like Huck Finn meets Game Change, the novel examines the politicians and popular figures who played starring roles in 2016 and holds up a mirror to the electorate that ultimately made Trumpism possible.
FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL OR THEREABOUTS
“I almost died laughing. In fact, I probably should be dead.”
—Richard Lewis (Recovering comedian)
“In their debut novel, Bleicher & Newton make it clear they are in the forefront of a new generation of political satirists. They are funny and they are smart. I recommend that you read their new book as soon as possible.”
—Corey Brettschneider, PhD, author of The Oath and the Office: A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents
“Part satire, part romp, and wholly enjoyable. From the Campaign Trail or Thereabouts will take you into the most absurd, darkest corners of our American psyche. Bleicher and Newton are talents to watch.”
—Caren Lissner, author of Carrie Pilby
“Reading this book made me feel exactly how Sir Alexander Fleming must've felt when he discovered penicillin: 'OMG, I’ve accidentally found the cure to every ailment I have. My marriage, my desire to drive across country, the lack of laughter in this library, Republicans, Russians, this gross staph infection. I think it’s a staph infection. Is it? Is it cancer? Hilarious!’ Read it now, and you can feel all that, too.”
—Jeff Kreisler, author of the bestselling satire, Get Rich Cheating, winner of the Bill Hicks Spirit Award for Thought Provoking Comedy, Exec. Producer of The Final Edition Radio Hour, probably a cancer victim.
“Since real-life politics caught up to fictional politics in terms of absurdity and ridiculousness, it takes a talented comic mind to push satire to the next level. Or as is the case with Bleicher and Newton, two of them. From the Campaign Trail or Thereabouts is equal parts insightful, frightening, and totally hilarious.”
—Brian Boone, Splitsider
“From the Campaign Trail or Thereabouts is not only brilliant political satire, but hilariously astute. Bleicher and Newton have their fingers on the pulse of modern culture in a way that convinces me they might better serve our society by passing legislation in some gilded hall. Thankfully, they’ve forgone such hifalutin posts and delivered to the world this gem of a comedic novel that—at long last—allows us to hearken back to the 2016 election and not merely keel over, weeping with utter regret.”
—Michael A. Ferro, author of TITLE 13: A Novel
MICHAEL BLEICHER & ANDY NEWTON (Standard Copyright License)