Terry Mathers feels like a failure. His small-town weekly, The
Webster Chronicle, is facing bankruptcy; he has separated from his
wife; and his journalist father, Maury, is both the king of prime
time and a magnet for younger women. Now in midlife, Terry's fed up
with being disappointed -- and disappointing.
But then Webster is shocked by an accusation of child abuse at
the local, and highly esteemed, preschool. As the community
grapples with rapidly escalating allegations, Terry seizes his
chance to scoop the national media. His articles fan the flames of
the growing crisis, and as the major news organizations descend, he
struggles to maintain his professional judgment and ethics.
The Washington Post called Daniel Akst's first novel, St. Burl's
Obituary, an "ingenious and thought-provoking . . . map of the
contemporary world". With The Webster Chronicle, Akst gives readers
another sharp and perceptive look at modern America, using as his
backdrop a dark period in our country's early history. He deftly
describes a community helpless in the face of mass hysteria and
mass media, and guided by hapless, awkward Terry Mathers, who
believes he's on a mission to save the children until he realizes,
too late, that he's really only trying to save himself.
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