In “The George Washington Constellation,” author Edward Correia portrays a young man, David Buckthorn, from rural Wyoming who suddenly finds himself a United States Senator. David Buckthorn is a young lawyer and newlywed whose life is forever altered when he rescues two children from the flaming wreck of a car accident. The incident makes David a hero, and the state Republican Party drafts him to run what they expect will be a losing race against a popular incumbent. Instead, David triumphs in an upset victory, making him Wyoming’s newest senator. Out of his depth in hard-nosed politics, David will have to draw on his inner strength to survive Washington. By the end of his first term, his legislation is quashed by resentful colleagues and his re-election bid is threatened by a rival who targets his wife’s most intimate history. In addition to these challenges, the young couple must deal with their four-year-old daughter’s cancer. As David achieves fame and power, he is forced to realize that his own family and ethical values are far more important to him than political success. He relies for spiritual insights on his grandfather, a minister in a small Wyoming church. Political junkies will be intrigued at the novel’s detailed depictions of what goes on behind closed doors in legislative deal-making, campaign advertising and fundraising. The book’s vivid scenes are brought to life by Correia’s insider experience in America’s capital, where he served for years as a senior counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee and to an Ohio senator. The book’s moral center and personal dramas will appeal to anyone who has been forced to choose between protecting loved ones and achieving fame and success.