A fast-paced, funny novel of politics, religion, and an Irishman struggling with both in New York: “A hell of a yarn” (Frank McCourt, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Angela’s Ashes).
At the dawn of a new millennium, in the midst of one of the most heated political races in New York City history, an unlikely player decides to make her presence known. First it hits the papers that the Virgin Mary has appeared to Jackie Swift, an affable GOP congressman with a couple of nasty habits. She then appears in a dream to Wolfe Tone O’Rourke, a liberal political consultant still haunted by the ghost of Bobby Kennedy, whose death he feels responsible for.
Swift uses the Virgin, soon styled “Our Lady of Greenwich Village,” to put a strong anti-abortion spin on his current run for office, which immediately polarizes Greenwich Village. O’Rourke, beset by his many demons, sees something familiar in the Virgin’s dancing eyes and the line of her smile and decides to run against Swift with the campaign slogan “No More B******t.”
With help from Cyclops Reilly, a one-eyed newspaper columnist for the Daily News, and Simone McGuire, his pretty, no-nonsense assistant, O’Rourke is sent on a transcontinental journey that forces him to confront his own past and dig deep into his family history—and figure out what Our Lady of Greenwich Village really wants him to do—in a “raucous” tale that is “about as New York as it gets” (Publishers Weekly).
“Fast-paced, colorful, sexy, suspenseful, and terribly funny.” —Rosemary Mahoney, author of Down the Nile and Whoredom in Kimmage