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First-time novelist Erik Tarloff--the husband of former Clinton advisor Laura Tyson and an occasional contributor to Clinton's speeches--has a firm sense of plot development, although at times the narration comes across as overerudite, as Ben casually drops allusions to Desmond Morris, the madwoman of Chaillot, Casablanca, and other topics that make the young protagonist seem about a decade or so older. But this is a minor quibble that does nothing to detract from the book's perfect suitability for a weekend's entertainment.
I found this story very touching and quite humorous in a dark way.
He pens an all too plausible plot line and goes far enough to develop the characters well in this darker bedroom farce, and it has the ring of too much truth.
The only complaint I have about the book is that once you pick it up you can't put it down, and so forget about accomplishing anything for the duration.
This is an immensely readable book. Erik Tarloff writes with authority and knowledge, the characters he creates are fascinating, and frankly, I couldn't put the book down. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Joanna Bressler
Well-written with a clear understanding of the sexual undertones of politics, while writing dialogue that absolutely "real. Read morePublished on November 6, 2012 by Sam Hartman
Face Time has all the elements of a lurid political potboiler, but it is really more interested in the larger moral questions raised by the intersection of sex, power, and American... Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by David
This is a terrific read. Very wise about politics and power, funny, and backed with what seems like genuine first-hand knowledge of the White House world. Read morePublished on October 19, 2012 by Zachary Leader
This is a wonderful book - great characters, great plot and really, really funny. But also because of the totally convincing inside knowledge the book is fascinating from a... Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by satchel
Erik Tarloff's "Face-Time"is told by a speech-writer in President Sheffield's (read Clinton's) White House, where the president takes a fancy to his lady. Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by David Littlejohn
Moving and compelling story of young love and ambition in Washington. Written with an insider's insights into life at the highest altitudes of political power. Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by Laura D Tyson
A quick, engaging, smart and fun read. The insider feel and wit of the dialogue is second to none. Buy it.Published on September 30, 2012 by Jane Serlin
I loved this book. Written by a man who knows what he's talking about, it's a real insight into the goings on in US politics and the White House. Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by LisaD