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Domestic Affairs: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A terrifically fun read that gives the reader a taste of life in

A terrifically fun read that gives the reader a taste of life in politics (the good, the bad, and the ugly). I particularly loved the way the author weaved together so many of the recent political scandals into one cohesive story (think Law & Order’s “...
A terrifically fun read that gives the reader a taste of life in politics (the good, the bad, and the ugly). I particularly loved the way the author weaved together so many of the recent political scandals into one cohesive story (think Law & Order’s “ripped from the headlines”). A great page-turning addition to anyone’s summer reading list… or any other season for that matter!

posted by Sam1025 on July 31, 2012

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1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Let Me Save You the Trouble...

Because you have read, seen, and heard this same story hundreds of time; given the author's background I was hoping for something new and original--doesn't happen. This is all cliche: young idealist smacked into reality after an affair with her dream politician shows h...
Because you have read, seen, and heard this same story hundreds of time; given the author's background I was hoping for something new and original--doesn't happen. This is all cliche: young idealist smacked into reality after an affair with her dream politician shows him to be sleazy...well, duh.

Further hard to believe elements are that the protagonist, Olivia, is supposedly this young (27) New York City savvy veteran of political campaigns but falls apart under the spell of a Southern (Clintonesque, Edwardsesque--take your pick) governor and is just shattered when she learns what he really is. So much for all that exerience and toughness...

It's just way too hard to swallow that someone this young is given the reins of financing a huge presidential campaign yet acts like she has no idea what political dollars mean as she freaks out at having to earn millions in a short period of time, is startled at the unethical, corners-shaving activities... and oh my, she cries a lot. Savvy? Hardly.

Then she jumps into an affair with her 'dream' politician despite his being married with kids--because after all, the wife is a harpy--only fleeting moments of conscience quickly erased by the squealings and excitement of a 16 year old at the prom. Oh--then she cries a lot when realizes the affair was a bad idea...except (SPOILER)...after she decides she can, ever see him again--well, a donor offers a new wardrobe and a private plane to, guess what--see him again, so she does...

This could go on forever...save the money and rent "Ides of March"--George Clooney's (Academy Award nominated) film on the exact, same idea. Except there you get a really well done film despite the age-old story AND Clooney AND a shirtless Ryan Gosling. THERE'S a winner!

posted by irishclaireKG on July 29, 2012

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

    Um...anyone else see the Monica Lewinsky--Bill Clinton parallel?

    Um...anyone else see the Monica Lewinsky--Bill Clinton parallel?

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