Struggles of Love Portrayed in New Book

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Author and retired lobbyist Malcolm Chester writes new fiction about politician and the difficulties of love.

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After 37 years of experience lobbying legislatures and Congress, Malcolm Chester now turns his focus to writing, penning his new book “The Legislative Dance” (published by iUniverse).

When the handsome insurance broker Bob Williams is elected to the Illinois state legislature as a Democrat from the Chicago suburbs, he finds an entirely new world full of flawed characters clashing over ideas, policies and money. To survive, Bob must quickly learn the ropes and how to play the politics within the politics.

Meanwhile, his wife, Cindy, descends into madness and is committed to a mental institution. Losing the companionship of his wife, Bob is drawn into a love affair with Cynthia Rodriguez, a beautiful legislator who does not believe – at least outwardly – in the world of marriage and children.

An excerpt from the book:

After a half hour of punishing herself, her despair reached new heights. Cynthia was shuddering with the memory of that horrid man touching her when she suddenly had the urge to kill herself and end all the pain. With determination on her face, Cynthia rose from her bed and walked toward her balcony. She opened the sliding door and stood on the small balcony looking over the railing. The breeze felt very cold on her nearly naked body. The bushes and leafless trees looked small from her tenth floor window. Cynthia smelled the wet ground which would soon take her in its embrace. She began to swing her leg over the balcony. She yelled out to no one in particular.

“I am a terrible woman who would destroy everyone I love and everything I believe in. I don’t deserve to live. What good is fame when I don’t have my Bob, Roberta and Robert Jr.? Life is worthless without them.”

Both humorous and tragic, “The Legislative Dance” provides a fictional inside look at the elected officials – foibles and all – charged with the task of deciding some of life’s most important issues.

“In our struggle to succeed, we must understand what is truly important to us,” says Chester.

About the Author
Malcolm Chester earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brown, a master’s degree in child studies from Tufts, and a Juris Doctorate law degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology – Kent, Chicago. He worked as a public affairs vice president for Pepsi and currently consults while practicing law. Chester lives in Des Plaines, a Chicago suburb, with his wife, Georgia.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.


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