When we heard that Georgina Bloomberg had written a young adult novel called The A Circuit about the youngest daughter of an idiosyncratic New York City mayor, we assumed it would be a thinly-veiled version of her own experience as the youngest daughter of an idiosyncratic New York City mayor. But just how thinly-veiled? After reading her interview with the New York Times about the book (co-written by Catherine Hapka, and based on an idea that publisher Bloomsbury says "came from an agent"), we think translucent might be a better word. Among the more notable similarities between author and protagonist Thomasina Aaronson
Both are the daughters of billionaire New York City mayors
- Aaronson is the daughter of Rick Aaronson, a Wall Street billionaire who "owns half of New York." Bloomberg's father is Michael Bloomberg. Neither is the ideal political daughter. Georgina actually said the words "I've never been the ideal political daughter," to the Huffington Post in 2008, while Thomasina is described "[isn't] afraid to say no to her father, even if half of Wall Street [is].” Bloomberg is fond of calling his daughter Georgia, while Aaronson shortens Thomasina to Tommie.