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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602861641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602861640
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,296,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry McAuliffe, former Chair, Democratic National Committee
“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."

About the Author

Bridget Siegel worked on numerous political campaigns including Kerry-Edwards, Obama-Biden, Hilary Clinton, and Andrew Cuomo. She graduated from Georgetown University and is now a professional actor and writer. She lives in New York City.

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Customer Reviews

I really loved guessing who everyone was!
Bookpire
There are so many non-sequitors, misplaced and misused words, so much bad grammar (not to mention a predictable and boring story) that I am abandoning the book.
Chatsworth
Quite absorbing story about fundraising from the inside out.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chatsworth on December 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was looking for a light read and this seemed to fit the bill. The author, however, has no innate feel for language and the book is filled with errors. Already on page 3 we have "his face was flushed white." (Does she really not know what "flush" means?) Other random examples, "stirring her coffee with her well-manicured, diamond covered hand." (Why not use a spoon?) "Another politician appropriately sat at the other "climber" table." (was seated, appropriately, at the other . . .) "He cut off her embarrassing loss of words." (How do you cut off something that doesn't exist?) There are so many non-sequitors, misplaced and misused words, so much bad grammar (not to mention a predictable and boring story) that I am abandoning the book.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mlr on January 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
If you liked watching The West Wing this novel will strike a sympathetic chord. We see enthusiastic young volunteers working for the ideal candidate who will make the country a better place. The hectic scheduling,and juggling of donors'egos while also keeping an eye on the polls and numbers leaves very little time for for these idealists to have much of a private life. The novel develops the political campaign in parallel with the personal campaign of the sexual predator politician.(Alas, he is no Josiah Bartlet) The cunning of this predator as he sets his victim up is superbly depicted . This book should be required reading for all would-be interns
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maryan on January 17, 2013
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The book is delightful, bit if you expect to hear alot about the political process this is not it. It is more of a chicklit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eve Lagoon on August 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Loved this book and thought Siegel was spot on with humor, fun and enlightment! This was a sweet quick read and very entertaining. I laughed.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Diane B. Wilkes VINE VOICE on August 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
DOMESTIC AFFAIRS is written by Bridget Siegel, who worked for the Edwards and Obama campaigns. The novel is a thinly disguised retelling of Edwards' run for the Presidency, with the protagonist, Olivia Greenley, being the youngest head of fund raising in a presidential race ever. She falls for the Georgian governor, Landon Taylor, who is running for President, articulating many of the things true believing Democrats believe in passionately. He pursues Olivia with equal passion. Yet the characters are poorly developed and you never get a sense of any of them, even Olivia, a workaholic who responds to Taylor like one imagines Monica Lewinsky responded to Bill Clinton--a complete schoolgirl fantasist.

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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Hanley on August 29, 2012
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Tired of feeling like politicians never tell you the true story - like there's always something they're hiding? Do you want to understand how the mask of a public servant is used to mask the politician's greed for personal power and pleasure? Read Bridget Siegel's novel, Domestic Affairs, and learn how people in politics deceive themselves and us by hiding what goes on in the shadows of people in the spotlight.

This story has been brought to life by Bridget Siegel's years as a political insider, her keen eye and sharp mind of observation, blended with a depth of understanding human motivations in the political arena. Domestic Affairs is fertile ground for political science researchers to understand the how real forces of party, personal, and financial political power are used to manipulate people yet the human drama in Bridget Siegel's novel is completely engaging to all.

The names have been changed but the story rings true to the games of power and politics. Get ready for the upcoming elections with Domestic Affairs - A read you'll enjoy - I certainly did!
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Format: Kindle Edition
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. I have to be honest and say I was pleasantly surprised on how well I enjoyed Domestic Affairs. Siegel has a brilliant way of writing that kept me entranced with the story.

The three main characters, Olivia, Jacob and Landon aren't by any means complex characters. I liked them, but I didn't love them. It's the plot, the suspense and why people do what they do that kept me riveted. I soon found myself reluctant to put the book aside for other important things, like sleep. I enjoyed getting a closer look at how a campaign runs. Again, I didn't love the characters, but I wanted to know what motivates them to do what they do - it's amazing, really. If you enjoy romance, suspense and a splash of politics, pick up Domestic Affairs!
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