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"LONDON COMFORT" is the story of a seemingly brainless Hollywood celebrity who finds herself in the truly brainless world of Washington when a judge sentences her to community service as a White House tour guide. It is subtitled "From Hollywood to the White House: An American Idol's Dangerous Real World Adventure."
Celebutante LONDON COMFORT's coke-filled nights with Hollywood party boys are tame compared to what she finds in the White House -- a world just as exploitive but vastly more dangerous. Appalled, she enlists her black female security guard and an earnest young Secret Service agent to topple the President.
"LONDON COMFORT" takes its readers from the celebrity mansions of Bel Air to the governor's mansion of Montgomery, Alabama, from the stately rooms of the White House to a tattered tent in Pakistan's Toba Kakar mountains, where Osama Ben Laden's would-be successor plots his next move against the Great Satan.
On one level, "LONDON COMFORT" is a satire inspired by American politics. It owes a debt to Presidents such as John F. Kennedy Jr., and Bill Clinton, exemplars of the intersection of sex with politics and power. It is equally indebted to Republicans such as Michelle Bachman, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Perry, whose eccentric quest for their party's Presidential nomination makes credible its incredible story.
The characters of "LONDON COMFORT" are their doppelgangers. They include:
* A moronic Rick Perry-like president who proclaims his affection for the Atlanta Falcons during a ceremony welcoming Mikheil Saakashvili, who, as it happens, runs that other Georgia.
* An obese New Jersey governor who gets trapped behind the steering wheel of his car, requiring the State Police to cut him out and quashing his presidential ambitions. (Americans are fat, but they don't want their leaders to be).
* A Gucci-clad and deeply closeted gay advisor to the conservative and Republican president, who finally opts for money over integrity.
* An African-American vice president (and former hamburger chain magnate) with a murky background that leaves the president's senior advisor justifiably worried.
But at its core, and through London Comfort's adventures, it’s essentially the story of women, young and old, black and white, who struggle to take control of their lives, each in her own unique way.