Tuesday, April 30, 2013

DOMESTIC AFFAIRS: A REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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DOMESTIC AFFAIRS
BY BRIDGET SIEGEL

ABOUT THE BOOK:
A provocative campaign novel—Primary Colors meets The Devil Wears Prada—of a talented and beautiful young politico who falls in love and in bed with the wrong man—the leading presidential candidate.

When twentysomething political fundraiser Olivia Green gets tapped to work on the presidential campaign of Georgia governor, Landon Taylor, it’s her dream job. Her best friend in the world is the campaign manager, and Taylor is a decent, charismatic, and idealist, and he has a real chance to be a great leader. Sacrificing her sleep, comfort, friends, family and income for a year to make the world a better place is the right call, but what happens when both Campaign Lesson #1, No Kissing the Boss, and Lesson #2, Loyalty Above All, go down in flames before the first primary?

Bridget Siegel, veteran of the John Edwards and Obama campaigns, vividly captures the idealism and chaos, as well as the emotional heat and corruption of the candidate’s bubble. What becomes of Olivia’s best friends when she must keep from them the biggest secret of her life? Is the candidate a true romantic or a political hypocrite? How far can she go to justify her happiness?

Told with savvy, humor, and delicious inside-the-Beltway detail, Domestic Affairs is a page-turning tale of love on the campaign trail—and its consequences—from a consummate Beltway insider.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bridget Siegel, author of Domestic Affairs: A Campaign Novel, has worked on political campaigns at the local, state, and national levels. A graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, she is now an actor, writer, and political consultant. She lives in New York City.

Bridget was only 24 when she raised tens of millions for the 2004 Kerry/Edwards campaign. She also worked on the campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Obama/Biden, and Andrew Cuomo. Now, she brings her experiences on the campaign trail to her debut novel. Can you separate fact from fiction?

Bridget vividly captures the idealism and chaos, as well as the emotional heat and corruption, of the candidate's bubble. Writing with savvy, humor, and delicious inside-the-beltway detail, she brilliantly celebrates and skewers the best and the less in Domestic Affairs. 

PRAISE FOR DOMESTIC AFFAIRS:
“The Fifty Shades of Grey of political novels"-- CNN Starting Point

"Bridget Siegel is a true political campaign insider and she has seen it ALL! Her novel, Domestic Affairs, is a fun, provocative read and offers a rare glimpse into what really goes on behind the scenes of political campaigns -- the good, the bad, and everything in between."
-- Terry McAuliffe, formerchair of the Democratic National Committee 


"Riveting."-- Lucky

"A gossipy insider's view of a political campaign."
-- Publisher's Weekly

"Bridget Siegel has probably spent too much time in the company of politicians, but her reward was to find enough material to write about her own presidential candidate, an adulterous southerner with major-league hair, impressive blue eyes, and great-sounding empathic ideals -- in other words, someone who couldn't possibly be based on a real person."
-- Jeffrey Frank, author of the Washington Trilogy: The Columnist, Bad Publicity, and Trudy Hopedale
 

MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
I found Bridget Siegel’s novel, DOMESTIC AFFAIRS, to be an enjoyable and quick read. I became very interested in politics, more than usual, since the recent election and when I read the premise of DOMESTIC AFFAIRS I was interested right away. However, do not think you have to be a political type to enjoy this one. It is such a pleasingly light read, that it might even be thought of as political chick-lit.

Bridget Siegel has created the protagonist, Olivia, as one who is very easy to relate to and her story is an engaging one. Using Siegel’s own personal background of working in politics and on campaigns, she adds realism to the well developed characters.  The story is set in New York, however in that Olivia works on a Presidential campaign, her work takes her traveling all over the country.

Olivia is surrounded by characters of all kinds including those who are idealistically working diligently for the cause to those who have a much different agenda. While campaigning across the country in private planes and attending extravagant political fundraising events, Olivia meets up with a vast array of characters. Olivia is working for a fictional (?) Southern governor who has a sincere political philosophy to work for the good of the people. However, his charming personality and magnetic appeal make it easy to see where his roving eye may land on this campaign trail. Olivia’s naïveté and vulnerability leads this idealistic worker right where we might imagine.

Olivia has a friend in Jake, the campaign manager, who is just as drawn in as Olivia is at the start. However, as the story progresses, even the most idealistic of characters would be changed by the goings on. Their disillusionment is real as they begins to witness the change in their candidate. As he begins to believe his own press, the workers rush to deal with how to handle things and whether or not it is time to call it quits. Siegel has given Olivia a real life world to dwell in and makes it a satisfying narrative that you will want to pick up and read on a cool spring afternoon. I don’t think you will be sorry. I know I wasn’t!
  

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