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The Washingtonienne: A Novel

The Washingtonienne: A Novel

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by Jessica Cutler

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The Capitol Hill aide who scandalized Washington, D.C., with her blog has now written a sharp, steamy, utterly unrepentant novel set against the backdrop of the nation's capitol.

When Jacqueline Turner's fiancé gives her two days to move out of his apartment, she has no choice but to leave New York City and crash with her best friend in Washington, D.C.


The Capitol Hill aide who scandalized Washington, D.C., with her blog has now written a sharp, steamy, utterly unrepentant novel set against the backdrop of the nation's capitol.

When Jacqueline Turner's fiancé gives her two days to move out of his apartment, she has no choice but to leave New York City and crash with her best friend in Washington, D.C. She needs an exciting new life—not to mention real employment. Where better to get a fresh start than the nation's capitol?

Alas, D.C. turns out to be a lot more buttoned-up and toned down than she'd hoped. It's a town where a girl has to make her own excitement—and Jacqueline Turner is just the woman for the job.

From the married presidential appointee who gives her cash after each tryst to the lascivious Georgetown lawyer who parades her around like something out of Pretty Woman, Jackie's roster of paramours grows so complicated that her friends ask her to start a blog so they can keep up. But in a small town like Washington, the line between private and public blurs very easily, and Jackie quickly realizes this blog idea may be more than she bargained for.

Deliciously gossipy and impossible to put down, The Washingtonienne is every bit as steamy and outrageous as the real-life exploits that inspired it.

Editorial Reviews

Alexandra Jacobs
It's amusing to see Washington fixed by such a vodka-gimlet eye; we can all recognize the type of government geek who refuses to remove his security badge -- ''how canine,'' sniffs Jackie -- or posts photos of himself taken with famous politicians on a ''Me Wall.'' Since the days of Dawn Powell, airy novels by women about women seeking men, slopping cocktails, shopping, and slogging through dull jobs have been set mostly in Manhattan. The chicks that flock to the seat of the federal government are generally in search of career advancement, not Christian Louboutin-clad fun. So perhaps the Beltway bunch should be grateful for this lewd, unpretentious valentine to their city.
— The New York Times
Jonathan Yardley
"Lively, funny and agreeably in-your-face . . . [Cutler] sticks pins in a lot of deserving targets."
The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Cutler, the lowly Senate staffer who rocked the Capital last year with her salacious online diary, rehashes her ride into infamy in a tart, shallow tell-all that begs off as fiction. Smart but spoiled Jacqueline heads for the Hill after a broken engagement in New York. Soon this party girl is cavorting through the Capitol, where shameless flirting and sex appeal take her a long way. In Jacqueline's opinion, government is "Hollywood for the Ugly," and she coasts on her looks to score a fluffy job in a senator's office and effortlessly entice politicos on the prowl. She mines her dizzying array of casual sexploits, dished in callous, raunchy detail, for a blog to keep her friends in the loop ("I was a bitchy slut and so were all of my friends. Why not put it out there?"). Jacqueline winds up on D.C. gossip site Blogette-prompting her abrupt dismissal, an underdeveloped bit of soul-searching and lots of media attention. The flimsy garb of fiction makes for one coy striptease: just how much of Jessica emerges in Jacqueline? Who are the real-life counterparts to her paramours? For those who can conjure last summer's scandal, the reprise will liven up this year's beach batch. Agents, Michael Carlisle and Pilar Queen. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
An attractive young woman comes to Washington, DC, accepts an intern job on Capitol Hill, kisses many, and tells all on her weblog. Ultimately outed by a girlfriend, she loses her rent-paying men and her job but gains the notoriety of press coverage and a book deal. If the plot of this salacious first novel sounds familiar, it's because it actually happened to Cutler, a former employee of Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) whose online diary entries caused a political scandal when they went public last year. Main character Jacqueline is cynically smart, narcissistic, and damaged and, therefore, more than a little scary; she cares for no one and lives by the dictum, "Screw others before they screw you." That a modern young woman might believe that the old trade of sexual services for material things is new and liberating will sadden more than shock more mature readers. Cutler makes a small attempt at character analysis with hints of addiction and depression, but these are thrown glibly aside in favor of unrepentant fun. With no real character or narrative development, the book is also a touch boring. In DC, this story is old news, but there's no accounting for the wider public's taste for sexual scandal. Gauge your readers' interest and either buy the book or direct readers to the eponymous blog (http:// washingtoniennearchive. blogspot.com).-Sheila Riley, Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, DC Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Party girl leaves cushy New York life for meagerly paid Capitol Hill job and starts sleeping with the high and mighty for extra cash. While there are plenty of mistakes Cutler doesn't make in her first novel, subject matter as salacious as hers still deserves to be more interesting than this. Cutler was the briefly infamous Senate employee whose blog about her scandalous romantic entanglements led to her being unmasked and losing her job. Here, Jackie is a New York club fiend interested only in dancing, drugs and screwing around who loses her rich boyfriend/meal ticket after cheating on him and has to crash with a friend in D.C. while getting subsistence pay working for a senator. Always quick to figure out how to have a good time on someone else's dime, it's not long before Jackie is sleeping with some powerful men and getting money in return. She's not quite a hooker, in that there's never talk about price-envelopes of cash are left on bedstands, Jackie mentions her rent is due and it gets paid, etc.-but the difference is fairly academic when her secret is blown. It's a relief that Cutler seems to have few illusions about Jackie, an aggressive airhead who's looking for her next meal ticket and can be counted on to be the most self-obsessed person in any room ("Despite my life-shattering emotional trauma, it was nice to know that I still looked hot"). Still, that clarity of vision doesn't mean the reader is in for any insight beyond a few pop-psych tidbits tossed out near the end. Cutler has a tendency to use spoiled and lazy writing to talk about spoiled and lazy people who think they deserve acclaim for how spoiled and lazy they are. The result, ultimately, is a book best read for itsdepressing portrait of the scrounging, idea-free juveniles who staff Capitol Hill offices. Nothing wrong with a narrator this shallow, but she should at least be funny.

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"Jacqueline." He looked serious. "We can't go out to lunch."

I waited for further explanation.

"We have to be very discreet. I can't risk being seen with somebody like you."

I could not believe this shit: What is he afraid of? Doesn't every respectable married man keep a mistress?

"Since I can't take you out anywhere or offer you any kind of future, I would feel guilty if I didn't compensate you in some way."

Compensate? "You mean, like, money?" I asked.

"I'll give you financial assistance. I know you're an intern and you could use the money. It's only fair."

I wanted to know how much, but felt it would be tacky to ask. "That makes sense," I said instead.

He put his arms around me, but his affections felt false. He finished quickly the second time. I wondered how much five minutes of missionary was worth.

He started talking, complaining mostly. I really wanted to take a nap, but I stayed awake and feigned interest for his benefit. He went on and on about his job, his marriage, how he loathed Washington. (He's from Boston.)

"So why did you come to D.C. if you hate it so much here?" I asked him in an effort to participate in the "conversation," which was more like an hour-long monologue.

"When the president offers you a job, you don't say no," he said.


"You know the president?" I didn't know if I was more impressed with him or with myself: I'm one degree away from POTUS!

"That's how I got such a cushy job," he explained. "Not everybody gets to take these long lunches whenever they want." Fred put his suit back on, reached into his jacket, and pulled out a sealed envelope. "This is for you."

The money.

I thanked him as I tucked the envelope away in my handbag. The sight of it made me very uncomfortable. But as soon as he left, I tore it open and counted the cash. Four hundred dollars. For an hour of my time. What a country.

Meet the Author

In May 2004, twenty-six-year-old Jessica Cutler was thrust into the public eye when the online diary she kept for her friends exploded into Washington's scandale du jour. Immediately fired from her job as mail girl in the office of Senator Mike DeWine (for "unacceptable use of Senate computers"), Jessica remains unemployed in Washington, D.C.

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Danielle Eckles More than 1 year ago
This would have made more of an impact as a memoir. Instead it's a weak attempt to capitalize on the author's lame 15 minutes of fame. Boring and the dropping of the F-bomb all the time was ridiculous and lost its affect.
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I think this book is unfortunately an autobiography of the Author's life, just with the names of the characters being changed. I kept reading it to see what happened and if it would get any better and unfortunately it did not. I had absolutely no respect for the characters or for the author, but then again none of the characters seemed to have a respect for their own lives either. It seems to be quite a waste.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was not at all what I expected. I enjoy chick lit but Washingtonienne fell way below par. The book lacked wit and was completely predictable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was written at the gossip collumn level. The main character does not grow,pathetic considering she is a real person, and there are no negative consequences for her behavior. Even the 'sad' firing or quitting or whatever happened failed to put a damper on her hedonistic attitude. The spoiled brat never changes and this potrays women in a poor light. I shouldn't have finished it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was awsome and very in tune with society/women today. It had great transitions from chapter to chapter and it makes you want to indulge yourself into the book. A most definitely reccomend this book for young women.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started this book on the first of September and its just the twenty second and i'm done. I absolutely loved it. I moved away from my home in san francisco away from my party girl life style to buckle down in a new town also so i think thats why i enjoyed it so much. I f you love a book that makes you want to party then pick this one up. WOOOOOO....i need a martini.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl named Jackqueline who does sex like a hooker to get what she wants in the city. She also writes a blog online journal about her life but suffers the consequences like getting fired from her job, and losing her boyfriend. The book uses too much swear words and the author needs to write some other words besides a word that rhymes with Duck whenever she describes sex. I felt like it was too repeating and had a sarcastic look around the world with the sex, smoking and drinking mentioned in the book a lot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Because I just moved to the DC area, I looked for a book that could tell me a little bit about the city and politics in funky sort of way. I read the book over a weekend and the main character's crazy exploits kept me reading. Although a little trashy, the dialogue was right on and the romps were entertaining. I would recommend this book to anyone that ever wonders 'what really goes on' in the Hill District.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Quick and enjoyable read ! A window further openned at the true activities of office - regardless of country. Some are discreet, and some are just plain not ! The new introduction of stimulations in ones life is of necessity - some are simple, some are dangerous. The Washingtonienne, is a wild example, Very Genuine,and very true to herself. A new age Icon for strenght and perseverence. S.P.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect 'airplane' book----I read it on a recent flight. I absolutely LOVE this book, and can't wait to reread it! She writes so real and raw, I love her style....I got so caught up in the story. I hope Jessica writes another one really soon, and I would also love to write to Jessica...anyone know of an address? But this book is fabulous, I couldn't put it down and wished it was longer. Bravo, Jessica!!!!!! Can't wait for another one from you :) Dana in Minnesota
Guest More than 1 year ago
While many are quick to dismiss this book as another tale of someone trying to cash in on a scandal, there is more to this book than tales of drug use, casual sex and social climbing. Cutler illuminates the darker side of the skewed views and priorities of America's recent post-grad twenty-somethings have been pushed into valuing in order to make it to the top. The book is a quick and easy read that you'll fly through. Take it for what it's worth and enjoy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As trashy and smutty as it was, I really enjoyed this book, almost as much as a Jackie Collins book ie. 'Lucky' or 'Chances'. C'mon, to have lived this life and not be too ashamed to write about it? Pretty gutsy, I think. I read it in two days...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I finished this book in three days. I did so out of pure spite to just finish it, finding it trashy and merely midly entertaining (if at all). I'm just glad that it wasn't my own copy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author Jessica Cutler celebrated her 26th birthday by being fired, losing her boyfriend, and being unaware that she would soon be dubbed 'Newinsky.'. Not a very happy day, but you can't keep a game girl down - at least not for long. 'Newinsky' is, of course, a take-off on Lewinsky as in Monica who created quite a furor with her revelations of the then sitting President's sexual peccadillos. While Cutler didn't create a tidal wave of the same force, she certainly did set Washington tongues to wagging. Evidently engaged in simultaneous affairs with several politicos, Cutler shared all with her girl friends via a blog. Not a good idea. Wonkette, a widely and avariciously read online gossip column, picked it up and her days in the mail room office of Senator Mike DeWine were history, her future doubtful. Not to worry for long - she posed for Playboy and signed a book contract. 'The Washingtonienne' is a bit of a roman a clef as we find heroine Jacqueline Turner thinking Washington a bit dull so she makes her own entertainment. Perhaps better described as she offers entertainment. She's soon involved with a married presidential appointee who may not always kiss her ta-ta after each tryst but always leaves cash, then there's a Georgetown attorney - the list goes on. This girl is energetic and doesn't seem to require much rest. Turner's friends are so intrigues by all of these affairs that they ask her to write a blog. Surprised? Friends, I never said this was imaginative nor did I say it was literature - it is a fun summer listen expertly read with insouciance and, it seems to this listener, with a little tongue-in-cheek by voice actress Dia Shepardson. - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite all the dirty dish of details (one government playboy wants to put M&Ms up his lover's butt and then eat them), this book is nothing more than an autobiographical novel masquerading as ficiton. Jessica, oops! I mean Jacqueline, is a self-proclaimed 'D.C. intern slut' who freely and happily engages in multiple affairs with powerful, rich men in exchange for wads of money, all while tripping on Ecstasy and vodka. Although she attempts to use 'Sex and the City-esque' details in describing her escapades, the writing is trite and unpolished; truly indicative of a first novel. The ending is especially unsatisfying and leaves the reader wondering why they bothered to suffer through endless pages of Gucci, Veuve Clicquot, and Vicodin. A fluffy beach book, but nothing more.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Wall St. Mike via Queens informs his fiancée Jacqueline Turner that she is to move out of his Manhattan apartment in two days having learned she lied to him to spend time with Kevin. Stunned as she thought he would keep her in designer clothing forever, Jacqueline knows her over paying Internet copywriting position would not pay the New York rent. ................... Jacqueline figures DC should be cheaper as will crashing in April¿s apartment. April also should help her take the Hill. However, Jacqueline quickly learns that DC is filled with media phobic types so if a girl wants fun she needs to start it herself. Soon she has a minion of power brokers begging her for her time. Her friends suggest she start a blog so they can follow her exploits amongst the rich and powerful who beg her for favors.................... The fun of this novelization by former Congressional staffer Jessica Cutler¿s real blog is guessing who¿s who. However, that inane gimmick is unable to make a strong biographical fictional plot yet somehow is enough to keep the voyeurs like this reviewer to keep reading. Fans of titillating exposés will enjoy THE WASHINGTONIENNE that will remind the audience of the original blog that raised family values inside the Beltway to new hypocritical heights.................. Harriet Klausner