The Angry Buddhist Review

The Book

Seth Greenland’s timely new novel is set in the high California desert between the trailer parks and amphetamine labs of Desert Hot Springs and the classic mid-century architecture of Palm Springs. In this sun-blasted territory, with its equally arid social culture, a fiercely contested congressional election is in progress. The wily incumbent, Randall Duke, is unburdened by ethical considerations. His opponent, Mary Swain, a sexy, well-financed newcomer, does not have a firm grip on American history or elemental economics.

The Author

Seth Greenland
Seth Greenland is the author of the novels The Bones and Shining City. His first play, Jungle Rot, was the winner of the Kennedy Center/American Express Fund for New American Plays Award, the American Theater Critics Association Award and anthologized in Best American Plays. He was a writer-producer on the Emmy-nominated HBO series Big Love and one of the original bloggers on the Huffington Post. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the literary journal Black Clock. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.


Dec 4 2012
Buddhist Book Reviews: "It really is superb."

Nov 19 2012
Tricycle: "Is it a great novel? I think that’s a question worth asking."

Jun 9 2012
LA Review of Books: "There is nothing deserted about The Angry Buddhist."

Jun 7 2012
The Nervous Breakdown: An Interview with the Author

May 10 2012
Forward: "“The Angry Buddhist” is an entertaining novel, and I expect that most readers will have a hard time putting it down."

Apr 22 2012
The New York Times Book Review: "“The Angry Buddhist” makes a fine high-end beach read for election season."

Apr 22 2012
Los Angeles Times: "In this novel, a congressional election in the Palm Springs area proves ruthless, messy and entertaining."