THE BODY POLITIC by Brian Platzer – Spotlight & Giveaway



Brian Platzer’s new novel, THE BODY POLITIC follows four longtime friends as they navigate love, commitment, and forgiveness while the world around them changes beyond recognition.

New York City is still regaining its balance in the years following 9/11, when four twenty-somethings—Tess, Tazio, David, and Angelica—meet in a bar, each yearning for something: connection, recognition, a place in the world, a cause to believe in. Nearly fifteen years later, as their city recalibrates in the wake of the 2016 election, their bond has endured—but almost everything else has changed.

As freshmen at Cooper Union, Tess and Tazio were the ambitious, talented future of the art world—but by thirty-six, Tess is married to David, the mother of two young boys, and working as an understudy on Broadway. Kind and steady, David is everything Tess lacked in her own childhood—but a recent freak accident has left him with befuddling symptoms, and she’s still adjusting to her new role as caretaker.

Meanwhile, Tazio—who once had a knack for earning the kind of attention that Cooper Union students long for—has left the art world for a career in creative branding and politics. But in December 2016, fresh off the astonishing loss of his candidate, Tazio is adrift, and not even his gorgeous and accomplished fiancée, Angelica, seems able to get through to him. With tensions rising on the national stage, the four friends are forced to face the reality of their shared histories, especially a long-ago betrayal that has shaped every aspect of their friendship.

Elegant and perceptive, The Body Politic explores the meaning of commitment, the nature of forgiveness, the way that buried secrets will always find their way to the surface, and how all of it can shift—and eventually erupt—over the course of a life


Brian Platzer has an MFA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, and a BA from Columbia University. His writing has appeared often in The New Yorker’s “Shouts and Murmurs” and McSweeney’s “Internet Tendency,” as well as in The New York Times, The New Republic, Salon, and elsewhere

Thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications we have one copy to giveaway. Just share a bit of your opinion about friendships. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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26 thoughts on “THE BODY POLITIC by Brian Platzer – Spotlight & Giveaway

  1. Friendships are the family your heart chooses. I don’t know where I would be without my friends.
    Old Girl Scout song – still true –
    Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.

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  2. I have several friendships that very important to me because they ADD so much to my life. We don’t necessarily see each other often, but I think of them daily. As janisrich said “they are the family your heart chooses”. My book club is an example. We’ve been together 18+ years and have never had a problem within our group even though our ages range from 50-80.

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  3. Friendships are treasures you hold close to your heart, especially the ones you’ve had for many years. I love my friends to the moon and back and truly don’t know what I’d do without them.

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  4. Friendships are so very important, but you have to choose wisely. My husband is such a great friend and I can talk to him about anything.

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  5. Although they are necessary it’s very difficult to find true, trustworthy connections. Adult friendships are even more cliquey than childhood ones.

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  6. I think with the increase in social media, friendships seem to be harder to maintain and more superficial than they used to be.


  7. Don’t let politics interfere with your friendship. Don’t argue with your friend or feel you have to defend your view. Accept your friends look at things differently and look for subjects like books, movies, restaurants, etc. you can enjoy sharing.


  8. It is very hard to find a close and true friend so when you find one hang on to it. I think friends are very important to have in your life. You have to be a friend to have a friend it is a two way street.


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