November 6, 1988 |
The book was released, unheralded, several weeks before the Oct. 13 presidential debate in which the 20th Amendment was an issue. That's the amendment dealing with who becomes President on Inauguration Day should the President-elect be incapacitated/ailing/absent. With the media buzzing about the issue, and Dan Quayle hovering as the Republican veep candidate, "Oath of Office"--about the kidnaping of the President-elect--suddenly became a hot paperback novel. And now, Hollywood's come calling.
October 30, 1988
WEAVEWORLD by Clive Barker (Pocket: $4.95). An ordinary man accepts the Herculean task of saving a place, Fugre, and people, the Seerkind, from a huckster and his accomplice, who plan to sell them to the highest bidder. FIRST LIGHT by Charles Baxter (Penguin: $6.95). Beginning on the Fourth of July in Michigan, Baxter takes us from adulthood to childhood in the sibling relationship between a brother who is a car salesman and his younger sister who is an astrophysicist.