‘A Wonderful Boy’ By Jason Ranieri

“The cast of characters seemed infinite in variety. Figures of monumental stature, ordinary men and women, heroes, villains, lovers and warriors, idealists, cultural icons, leaders of industry, family and friends,” all appear in this looking glass of small-town politics and it’s enthusiastic glam. The tale is one of rapture and regret, flashes of guilty pleasure and tearful refrain, proud achievement and embarrassing blunders. The story is an untamed drama based on an attempt to rationalize environment, society, conflicting drives, ideas and emotions. Several known people — politicians, pundits and family, mostly — make cameo appearances in these pages, but this is a work of fiction and the usual rules apply. None of the character portrayals are real. These events are fabricated and not intended to be seen as true. The story is meant to be a political satire.

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