By: Karl G. Trautman
Jolted by an arrested adolescence, Manfred Schmidt is a lonely teenager who craves for belonging and respect. His unconscious rage and forming identity are fused together at a time when a new leader is offering hope to a troubled, post-Watergate nation. He takes on Jimmy Carter as his hero, offering hope to his evolving self.
Set in the suburbs of Washington DC, Ireland, Boston and New Hampshire, the story is about Manfred’s foibles as he journeys through high school, a semester at college and a stint working in Carter’s re-election campaign. Even though Carter’s political journey ends in failure, the impact of his brief venture into American politics leaves a lasting influence on his emotional development.
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