Cannonball Read IV

A bunch of Pajibans reading and reviewing and honoring AlabamaPink.

Quorren’s #CBR4 Review #20 Heart Siezure by Bill Fitzhugh

It’s as serious as a heart attack.  Except, the opposite.  Fitzhugh excels at taking one of those hopeless situations and finds the humor, abet the dark and absurd humor.

Spence Tailor is a bleeding heart, a pro bono lawyer and a bit of a mama’s boy.  His mother, Rose, has been languishing on the heart transplant list.  His brother, Boyd, is just another cheese chaser in the rat race.  Doctor Debbie is a resident surgeon getting to scrub in on Rose’s transplant surgery.  That is, until the President needs a new heart and is match for the heart already promised to Rose.  Spence takes matters until his own hands when Rose’s new heart is almost heart-napped at the hospital and goes on a good ol’ fashioned cross country chase.

I’m curious is Fitzhugh himself or someone he is close to has had to jump through the necessary hoops for an organ transplant.  This is the second time I have read a book by him regarding the inadequacies of the organ donor program, although this book is much more successful, in my opinion.  (Check out Organ Grinders to compare.)  Heart Siezure has a better balance between light-hearted and seriousness.

I also suspect Fitzhugh may be a bit of a psychic.  Although the book was written in 2003, Fitzhugh includes a female politician running for president by over exaggerating her folksy, down home roots to attract voters.  And just this year Dick Cheney bought received a heart transplant.


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