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School Board

School Board

(2014)
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"[A] total joy to read."
Ben Fountain


"School Board is a total joy to read, as full of sass and subversive brass as its 18-year-old hero, the political neophyte and Houston school board candidate Tucker 'Catfish' Davis ... I hope School Board is the first of many more to come from this gifted young writer."-Ben Fountain, author of National Book Critics Circle Award winner Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and Brief Encounters with Che Guevara

"Into the riotous cavalcade of great American literary characters tumbles a new class clown, Tucker 'Catfish' Davis, high school senior and aspiring politician. One part Ignatius J. Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces, one part Hazel Motes from Wise Blood, and several parts Willie Stark from All the King's Men, Catfish Davis is a singular presence on the page. Mike Freedman hasn't just written the funniest book about a school board election, he's written the kind of David-and-Goliath story that gets all of us 'little people' cheering and laughing in equal measure."-David Abrams, author of Fobbit

Houston, Texas, 1999. Enter Tucker "Catfish" Davis, a high school senior with high-flying political ambitions as the self-proclaimed heir to populist Louisiana Governors Huey and Earl Long. Armed with idealism and a fedora, he embarks on a quixotic campaign to get elected to the local school board in an effort to help the "little people" of Houston.

In the wild days that follow, Catfish's long-shot bid gains traction through guerilla campaigning against a questionable tax deal supported by his opponent, a powerful executive at an Enron-esque energy company. With the help of his classmates, an indicted Louisiana governor, a gay journalist with nascent mayoral ambitions and an ex-Green Beret trained to wage unconventional warfare, Catfish makes it a race Houston will never forget.

Based on an actual 1999 news story, School Board is an entertaining but satirical debut novel that revels in the diversity, madness and absurdities of the Bayou City.

 
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Hardback Editions

April 2014 : USA Hardback
Title: School Board
Author(s): Mike Freedman
ISBN: 0-9887693-8-7 / 978-0-9887693-8-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Broken Levee Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

September 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: School Board
Author(s): Mike Freedman
ISBN: 0-9850416-9-2 / 978-0-9850416-9-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Broken Levee Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

August 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: School Board
Author(s): Mike Freedman
Publisher: Broken Levee Books
Availability: Amazon CA   



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