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Interview with Lawrence WrightSonny Lamb, the hero of Lawrence Wright’s new novel, Mr. Texas (Knopf, September 19), is a good-natured young rancher from the Big Bend region of West Texas. Sonny played football at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, fought in the Iraq War, and then had a brief career as a country singer. He was good enough, almost, to get a recording contract.Sonny is not exactly the smartest rancher in Texas. As the novel opens, he puts a bull up for sale at a livestock auction, suddenly changes his mind, and buys it back for $10,000. But a few days later, when he becomes a minor celebrity after saving a ten-year-old girl from a barn fire, a political consultant persuades him to run for a seat…

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