As in his first first novel, Gospel Prism, Weaver weaves classic literary references and styles into nearly every chapter of The First First Gentleman, gently encouraging readers to “think deeply.” This book is a tribute to Charles Dickens with its cast of multifaceted, comical, vividly drawn characters set within a socially complex story where ironic and fortuitous coincidences abound and virtue is rewarded. It also honors several other towering authors, including Shakespeare, Austen, Fitzgerald, Ibsen, Cervantes, Gogol, Hemingway and the apostles of the New Testament.
At the core of The First First Gent is the marvelous business-and-pleasure mixing love affair of its protagonists: Melinda, the quintessentially courageous stateswoman, and Garth, the clever but caring, well-connected political operative. It is also an erotic political threesome, with the American people as the monkey in the middle. There’s even a little something for 50 Shades of Grey fans in Garth’s and Melinda’s binding sexual passion.
With shining wit, challenging erudition and playful prose, The First First Gentleman explores the evolution of gender roles, erotic politics and sexual choices in America. It honors family above all, albeit in a role-reversed way, with Dad fulfilling the traditional Mom roles and Stepmom leading the nation. But the book’s family “fetish” also contains rather taboo undertones (“genetic sexual attraction,” anyone?), giving the otherwise wholesome proceedings a rather kinky sense of suspense.
The First First Gentleman is a great all-American read and an inspiration to edgy progressives everywhere. Melinda Sherman for President!