Title: The George Washington Constellation
Author: Edward Correia
Publisher: Edward Correia
Although the Bible does not specifically state “everything happens for a reason,” so many verses in Psalms imply it. In Edward Correia’s The George Washington Constellation, there is an attempt to hone in on this God-given concept.
This two hundred and fifty seven page paperback book has a photograph of the famous Washington Monument lighted up against the dark D.C. sky on the front cover and a short paragraph about the book along with a longer author biography and author photograph on the back. There were noticeable spacing (pages 147, 217 and 230) and capitalization (inconsistent application of senator) errors with minor punctuation mistakes. Due to some profanity and subject matter, the book would not be recommended for preteen age or younger.
Correia tells the story of David Buckthorn, a small town lawyer from Wyoming, who decides with apprehension to run for United States Senator. Written in first person, David mentions the underhanded corruption of power climbing to the top politically but is constantly reminded of his preacher grandfather’s repeated admonition that God has a plan for all things and He is the one in control.
After Senator Buckthorn and his wife Evy settle down in Washington, have a baby girl named Lizzy and try to blend in with other politicians, he feels comfortable in his legislative role. Having one of his bills rejected in Congress, his grandfather die of a heart attack and his daughter deal with a sarcoma, David quickly becomes despondent and decides not to run for a second six year term. However, with an opinionated, bigoted and crooked challenger and against his wife’s wishes, he feels it is his obligation to rerun.
When it is discovered that his wife had an abortion years previously from a gang rape, the couple do not publicize their reasoning, causing David to loose points in the polls. David steps up to the plate by going after the unscrupulous opponent who promoted a teenager’s supposed botched abortion death. In the end, David gets reelected, only to serve two years and quit. The last twenty pages are about his daughter’s high school tennis match.
On a positive note, because the book is written in first person, it almost reads as a senator’s daily diary of details, explaining the ins and outs of our government. The link to constellations being named after famous people gets lost in running for a political office and not mentioned often. Not being a page turner type of novel, the sometimes mundane with sporadic highlights leads to an anticlimactic, almost confusing ending.