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Domestic Affairs: A Novel Hardcover – July 31, 2012
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“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."
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All writers need editors, proof-readers, readers with a fresh eye. This author has lists of people who supposedly fulfilled these roles. Either she ignored their advice or they did piss-poor jobs.
On the plus side, you get lots of inside lingo as to how campaigns are funded and detailed descriptions of the richest fundraisers and their ways. The publisher is Weinstein Books (yes, Harvey Weinstein) and a character that seems based on him is one of the fund-raisers. It's kind of fun to try and figure out which parts are based on "real-life" (if politics can be said to be real-life): there's a Bernie Madoff character and when Olivia finally walks out, a blonde with a videotape machine named Brianna is on board the campaign plane, documenting the campaign. Not very subtle foreshadowing, that.
In the Acknowledgments, Ms. Siegel apologizes for her cynical view of politicians and lists the good ones she has worked with, among them Hillary Clinton, Mario Cuomo, and Terry McAuliffe (who provides a blurb for the book)...but not Edwards nor Obama. Interesting...
This is beach trash for the politically minded. I can't recommend it, despite it being compulsive reading. You're left feeling like you spent way too much time supporting the wrong candidate when there are far more worthwhile ones to engage.
As the campaign progresses, Olivia spends hours each day on the job. She moves from fundraising event to event, hobnobbing with the rich and famous. Her job is to convince them to lend their support in whatever fashion they can. For some, that is hosting an event and committing to raising at least two hundred and fifty thousand dollars. For others, it is loaning the campaign private jets or picking up tabs for luxury hotels and amazing meals. Above all else, it is her job to convince everyone she meets to give money, tons and tons of money.
The weeks fly by and the campaign progresses. Olivia discovers the truth of political campaigns; the staffers are paid almost nothing and expected to work pretty much around the clock. Dream candidates don't seem quite so dreamy when you spend all your time with them and learn their secrets and personality flaws. Still, one can't give up the perfect job, can one?
Bridget Siegel has written an entertaining political insider's view of a campaign. She is a veteran of several campaigns herself such as Kerry-Edwards, Obama-Biden, Hilary Clinton and others. She raises the questions of whether American politics demands too much of the candidates and if it is possible to remain pure in politics. Is the entire system flawed? This book is recommended for those readers interested in politics and what the electoral system does to the participants.
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This is a foolish little novel, quite a surprise from the author's previous efforts. This is in poor form, the dialogue between characters should be enlightening, instead it drags... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Flap
Not good. I was sorely disappointed. Great idea but lacking in content and structure.Published 17 months ago by dbldn11
Domestic Affairs isn't my normal cup of tea simply because I don't like to read stories steeped in politics. But, the synopsis sounded promising and I thought I'd give it a go. Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by Wendy L. Hines
I highly recommend it! A terrific behind-the-scenes look at a political campaign. Olivia, the main character is very likeable, and the reader roots for her to wake up and get the... Read morePublished on July 16, 2013 by Earnest Writer
Domestic Affairs is a like a perfect day at the beach: light, breezy, and fun. In fact, this would be a great book to read on the beach. Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by Rasheen Carbin
This book started out at a pretty good clip, but then I became bored with it. I didn't care about the characters.Published on June 2, 2013 by Slick
I received a copy of Domestic Affairs by Bridget Siegel in exchange for an honest review.
This is the second political-based book I've read in the past month, and I have... Read more
I loved this novel. It was fast paced, and brought me into a world I knew nothing about! Will definitely be on the look out for more books by Bridget!Published on April 30, 2013 by Alice
In this light and readable book, you are able to vicariously experience life inside politics. Ms. Siegel is obviously very intelligent and informed.Published on April 26, 2013 by Irma Gurman