WHEN BOBBY KENNEDY WAS A MOVING MAN by Robert Gordon

WHEN BOBBY KENNEDY WAS A MOVING MAN

KIRKUS REVIEW

 In a nimble, electrifying debut, Seattle-based Gordon uses his experience as a mover and as a writing teacher in Washington prisons to spin the yarn to end all Kennedy yarns--with Bobby reincarnated as a frustrated but sincere working-class hero. For Stanley Higgins, jack-of-all-trades and perpetrator of the occasional misdeed, Bobby Kennedy was both a wonder and his partner--well worth the trouble it would take to record his short but memorable stint as a moving man. Doubts about the veracity of Bobby's claim to be an unhappy reincarnation of the former attorney general and presidential candidate are dispelled when he begins to levitate furniture from the truck and shrink it to fit in tight corners. His misery at knowing that his real assassin may never be caught is compounded when he meets a woman in a bookstore and is spurned by her for his retrograde chauvinism. An attempt to brainwash her leads to the loss of his magic; in frustration he lashes out at the Mafia boss who had his brother killed, only to wind up in prison himself, the target of the sadistic guard Gerbil. In solitary confinement, he becomes an unwilling viewer of inner visions that focus tirelessly on the errors of his former life (having been the direct cause of Marilyn Monroe's death not least among them), giving him no peace until he repents--whereupon his powers return and he escapes. Bobby works a final miracle before an audience of schoolchildren, ascending to heaven before their eyes after delivering a piano. A rollicking, full-barrelled fantasy in which the foibles of dead Kennedys are as much a subject of caustic wit as more fictional material might be: a hard act to follow.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-930773-27-6
Page count: 180pp
Publisher: Black Heron
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1993




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