Paul Lackie's greatest ambition was to become governor of Kansas, but he hitched his wagon to the wrong political stars. The reminiscence by Cynthia Dennis is at once a tribute and indictment of Lackie, her politician father. Her book offers a true life literary coming-of-age story, and a bittersweet memoir of a forgotten time in Kansas.
Director, Kansas Center for the Book
State Library of Kansas
"The Sunflower Sinner" tells what we always wonder when we read of political scandal: what it felt like to be in the family as the public drama developed. It's a moving story of a daughter's deepening disappointment in her father and a cautionary tale for citizens about razzle-dazzle pols.
Chair, Department of English
Wichita State University
In her first book, veteran journalist Cynthia Dennis has chosen to chronicle the most difficult subject: her family. This ambitious memoir tugs at you in ways that you never expect. Sometimes touching, often alarming, always revealing, one comes away from it with a view of family life that is all too familiar - and all too uncomfortable.
I could not put this book down.
Jim Slocum Former Publisher
Kalmbach Publishing Co.
This fascinating and beautifully told story through the eyes of a growing daughter (it is also her story) chronicles the rise and ultimate fall in a murky corruption scandal of a talented, flawed, and politically ambitious small town lawyer who saw it as his destiny to become governor of Kansas.
Lawrence H. Larsen, Professor Emeritus of History
University of Missouri - Kansas City
6 x 9 in or 229 x 152 mm