On a hangover-induced whim, liberal news-paper columnist Wallace Cormier decides to run for the school board in his small Ohio town against born-again Christian Bevy Baer. Soon, both are saddled with ad hoc advisers who’d rather exploit controversies and play dirty politics than discuss issues. Sound familiar? David Mizner sidesteps a barbed, Election-esque satire of the red-state/blue-state divide, writing in the same warmly comic tone of his ’04 debut, Political Animal. Condescending to neither left nor right (yet equally critical of both), Hartsburg, USA emerges with surprising optimism about the political process. It’s a tonic for our drily partisan age. A-
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