By Michael Grant Jaffe
It's easy to feel sorry for TV meteorologist Lucas Prouty. His baby was stillborn, his marriage failed, and he doesn't get much respect from his colleagues in Bentleyville, N.C. Given that he's drowning in self-pity, readers may also grow frustrated with him. But Jaffe, a former SPORTS Illustrated writer, is tackling a big agenda: the nature of fame in a culture obsessed with it. Prouty's 15 minutes occur after he's knocked off the air while reporting on a hurricane. By the time he's found nine days later, he's a hero. The ensuing storm of celebrity is so absurd it's almost unbelievable. But that's Jaffe's point, and he makes it well.