Thomas Mallon

novelist and critic

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Fiction
Finale is the book that Thomas Mallon's work has been building toward for years. It is the most entertaining and panoramic novel about American politics since Advise and Consent, more than a half century ago.
"Mallon himself is deliciously witty. But it is his political fluency and unstinting empathy that transform the Watergate debacle into a universal tragicomedy of ludicrous errors and malignant crimes, epic hubris and sorrow." --Booklist (starred review)
"Some of the most lucid prose in contemporary American literature . . . [Mallon's] best book yet."
--Los Angeles Times
"Retro in style, modern in sensibility, compact, imaginative, and wildly entertaining."
--San Francisco Chronicle
Essays
“An astute, exhilarating tour of the mailbag . . . a charming, discursive delight. ‘Yours Ever’ is nuanced, informed, full-blooded, a vigorous literary salute."
--New York Times Book Review

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Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years

To be published on September 15, 2015 by Pantheon Books (Random House:

From the author of the acclaimed novel, Watergate, a galvanizing new novel about the tumultuous administration of the most consequential and enigmatic president of modern times.

Finale takes readers to the political gridiron of Washington in 1986; the wealthiest enclaves of southern California; and the volcanic landscape of Iceland, where the president engages in two almost apocalyptic days of negotiation with Mikhail Gorbachev. Along with Soviet dissidents, illegal arms-traders and anti-nuclear activists, the novel’s memorable characters include Margaret Thatcher, Jimmy Carter, Pamela Harriman, John W. Hinckley and even Bette Davis, with whom the President long ago appeared onscreen. Several figures—including a humbled, crafty Richard Nixon; the young, brilliantly acerbic Christopher Hitchens; and an anxious, astrology-dependent Nancy Reagan—become the eyes through which readers see the last convulsions of the Cold War, the AIDS epidemic, a clash of ideologies and a political revolution. At the center of it all—but forever out of reach—is Reagan himself, whose genial remoteness confounds his subordinates, his children, and the citizens who elected him.