A young woman in New York is caught between her politician father and a manipulative lover in a novel that offers “sheer enjoyment” (Library Journal).
Jonathan Fleishman has always been perceived as the rarest kind of politician: as idealistic as he was powerful, genuinely committed to the good of the people. For Jonathan, public approbation is the oxygen he breathes; so it is deeply galling that the one person who refuses to see his worth is his own beloved daughter, Grace. When his spotless record is challenged by accusations of corruption leveled by Gracie’s lover, a ruthless young journalist named Barnaby, Jonathan’s good life is abruptly shattered. And Grace, faced with the betrayal of a lover who used her to get at her father, comes to realize that neither man is what he seems, even to himself.
Saving Grace is an intricately textured book, a portrayal of a family in crisis and an exploration of the intersection between public and private lives. Library Journal called Saving Grace the book that “Bonfire of the Vanities tried to be.”
In the political arena, dangers come from unpredictable foes as well as from recognized adversaries, a proposition Rogan ( Cafe Nevo ) vividly illustrates in this tale about basically good people in the grip of ambition and greed. Jonathan Fleishman, once an idealistic civil rights activist and now Democratic leader of a fictional New York City borough, is under investigation by the DA's office for extortion and influence peddling. One of his best friends, Lucas Rayburn, heads the DA's office and another, Michael Kavin, is already prepared to testify against Jonathan. Barnaby, a cocky reporter who's covering the story, sleeps with Fleishman's strong-willed 18-year-old daughter, Grace, in order to get the inside story. Like Jonathan, who refuses to perceive his moral decline and believes he's simply playing the games of politics, Barnaby dismisses criticism that he's breached the boundaries of professional journalism. As Fleishman's life begins to unravel, Grace is sent to Israel and her mother develops a brain tumor. With the disruption of each character's value system comes the realization that good and evil are rarely defined with clarity. In her well-plotted and readable story, Rogan offers discerning comments on friendship, love, marriage and family. But given the novel's premise that there are no simple answers, the conclusion--an epilogue set 18 years later--seems facile.