“Though it is hard to be a king, it is harder yet to become one.”
Trapped between responsibility and recluse, anonymity and celebrity, Prince of Wales, Freddy, and wife, Fredericka struggle with the public eye and the expectations of tradition. Seen unfit by their family and peers and with the current Queen only getting older, they are given one last challenge to prove their ability to rule. And, like kings on the verge of failure before, their challenge is to conquer-–in this case, America. While the book is satirical in nature, like all Helprins’s novels, its extreme detail and luscious writing style give huge heart to this story of love and discovery.