Monday, July 02, 2007

The Washington Story

by Adam Langer

Sequel to Crossing California

I have to admit, I was both thrilled and skeptical about a sequel to such a great book. Could Langer capture the magic of West Rogers Park and its inhabitants? Would his characters behave consistently, or would he go off in another direction?

This is probably as good as the first novel. Jill Wasserstrom, one of the most complex and engaging literary characters I've ever met, continues to enchant readers in The Washington Story. In this entry, Langer covers life from 1982 to 1987, which includes the re-election of Ronald Reagan, as well as the election of Chicago's first black mayor, Harold Washington. We also revisit Jill's sister, Michelle, and Muley, Jill's intriguing and extremely likeable pal. And what would a sequel be without Larry Rovner, the king of Jerusarock?

It's good. It's really good. And just when you thought Langer couldn't do any better, he adds a little plot twist that reminds you that you are reading the work of a true master.

I loved this novel as much as the first one.


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