Ankerwycke to Publish New Book from First-Time Novelist Jay Wexler

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Law Professor, humor writer, and former law clerk to Justice Ginsburg writes hilarious debut novel about the mid-life crisis of Supreme Court Justice Ed Tuttle.

Tuttle In The Balance: A Novel

Ankerwycke will publish "Tuttle In The Balance: A Novel" in December 2015. In this hilarious and poignant debut novel by Jay Wexler—law professor, humor writer, and former law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—reminds us that power is wielded by real, often emotionally fragile people and that nobody, regardless of how successful, powerful, rich, intelligent, lucky, or influential they may be, is immune from the feelings of restlessness, doubt, and anxiety that are inherent in living in the modern world.

In "Tuttle In The Balance", Ed Tuttle is having a mid-life crisis. He is bored with his job, uncertain about his faith, and unable to find love in the wake of divorce. Unlike most other men his age, however, Ed Tuttle is a justice on the United States Supreme Court.

As the swing vote in one of the most contentious terms in recent memory, Justice Tuttle holds the future of the nation in his hands, a tall order for someone who can barely make it through a weekend without making a monumental life mistake.

Jay Wexler is a law professor at Boston University and the author of two nonfiction books that combine legal analysis and humor, both published by Beacon Press—Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the Battlegrounds of the Church/State Wars, which Publisher's Weekly said in its starred review was “laugh out loud funny,” and The Odd Clauses: Understanding the Constitution Through Ten of Its Most Curious Provisions. He is the author of a 2005 study of how many laughs each of the Supreme Court Justices get during oral argument (covered by the New York Times in a front-page article and recently mentioned by Justice Sotomayor on The Colbert Report). His writing has also appeared in publications including McSweeney's, Salon, Slate, and Spy. He studied religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School and law at Stanford University. He worked as a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Ankerwycke, launched in December 2014, is the consumer-oriented imprint of the American Bar Association. In 1215, Magna Carta was sealed underneath the ancient Ankerwycke Yew tree, starting the process which led to rule by constitutional law — in effect, giving rights and the law to the people. Today, the ABA's Ankerwycke line of books continues to bring the law to the people. With legal fiction, true crime books, popular legal histories, public policy handbooks, and prescriptive guides to current legal and business issues, Ankerwycke is a contemporary and innovative line of books for everyone from a trusted and vested authority. Follow Ankerwycke on Twitter @AnkerwyckeBooks.

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