Can't Make It Here Anymore
The novel explores the explosive mixture of extensive availability of guns in the United States and the vitriolic rhetoric of talk show hosts. When this mixture leads to a massacre of innocent civilians, two witnesses to the event share experiences of a jury trial and ultimately, passion for each other. They attempt to prevent the occurrence of another bloody event provoked by a talk show host. More
America has a death wish triggered by a love affair with guns. Can't Make It Here Anymore examines the effects of this death wish through the eyes of a lonely, middle-aged woman, an unemployed college dropout, an ambitious college graduate, a conservative radio talk show host and a retiring liberal Congressman. Chesterina Angstman does not like guns, but she buys one for her ungrateful father as a birthday present. In making her purchase, she witnesses three young men purchasing an assault weapon which is later used in a deadly massacre in Lansing, Michigan.
Chesterina abhors Brady Meyer, the host of a radio talk show for more than 15 years, but she has a friend who is one of his admirers. Meyer hires Jimmy Parsons, a recent college graduate, who uncovers a relationship between a Congressman from Michigan and the Muslim community in Dearborn. Meyer takes to the air and rails against the Congressman, inciting the leader of a private militia group to plan a deadly attack on a crowd gathered to hear the Congressman speak. Among those killed are Chesterina's best friend and the two companions of the unemployed dropout. Jo recognizes the dropout and reports his whereabouts to the police. She subsequently becomes attracted to him and helps him adjust to life after prison.
The novel weaves its way through jury trials, Congressional hearings and numerous radio and television broadcasts. Even after the violence he has perpetrated, Meyer, in conjunction with the national cable network FAB News, continues to use incendiary rhetoric. Parsons is hired by the Congressman, now a liberal talk show host, and helps him to respond to the Meyer tirades. Meyer is accused by the now former Congressman of molesting a young Mexican boy. Meyer is able, through political influence, to direct the blame to his sexually-deprived wife. He plots further revenge against the former Congressman, but his efforts are countered by Chesterina and the dropout, now very much in love.