New York Times best-selling author Christopher Buckley will be at Barrett Bookstore in Darien to give a talk and book signing for his latest novel, “They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?” (Twelve/Hachette), on Tuesday, June 5 at 7 p.m.
In his latest political satire, Buckley, of Stamford, delivers a hilarious farce about U.S.-China relations that lampoons everyone from the Dalai Lama, Chris Matthews and Henry Kissinger to the U.S. defense industry, lobbyists, neocons, raging liberals and Civil War reenactors.
Here’s a plot summary from the bookstore:
In an attempt to gain congressional approval for a top-secret weapons system, Washington lobbyist ―Bird McIntyre teams up with sexy, outspoken neocon Angel Templeton to pit the American public against the Chinese. When Bird fails to uncover an authentic reason to slander the nation, he and Angel put the Washington media machine to work, spreading a rumor that the Chinese are working to assassinate the Dalai Lama.
Meanwhile in China, mild-mannered President Fa Mengyao and his devoted aide Gang are maneuvering desperately against sinister party hard-liners Minister Lo and General Han. Now Fa and Gang must convince the world that the People’s Republic is not out to kill the Dalai Lama, while maintaining Fa’s small margin of power in the increasingly militaristic environment of the party.
On the homefront, Bird must contend with a high-strung wife who entertains Olympic equestrian ambition, and the qualifying competition happens to be taking place in China. As things unravel abroad, Bird and Angel’s lie comes dangerously close to reality. And as their relationship takes on new levels, so do mounting tensions between the United States and China.
For more information, call 203-655-2712, or visit Barrett Bookstore online.