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The GQ Candidate: A Novel Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 5, 2011
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"Goff's intellectually pulsating and fresh political page-turner is penned with undeniable heat and heart-racing soul...each character's inside portrait, vividly threaded making you invest deeper. If you love government affairs laced with swaggering scandal and an intense competitive race to the finish line, The GQ Candidate is a must-read." - Victoria Rowell
"From its humorous inside peek at the world of politics to its honest portrayal of the vicissitudes of a loving marriage, Keli Goff's book is the ideal escape for the thinking person. Hers is a bold and bright voice for a new, "post-racial” generation." Susan Fales-Hill, author of One Flight Up.
“Keli Goff takes us on the entertaining behind-the-scenes ride of a handsome, young, charismatic African-American presidential candidate. Think you know how it ends? Think again.” --Trey Ellis, Platitudes, Right Here, Right Now
"Keli Goff's 'Candidate' is very well-informed" --USA Today.
"If you're the type that's always stirring up the water cooler discussion on the latest political scandal then Keli Goff's literary debut is a must read." --JET Magazine
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The great thing is that the issues in the book aren't tough political issues, they are the tough issues like faith and race. Luke was adopted when he was two and was raised incredibly well by a white Jewish family and practices the Jewish faith himself. When running for President, it become an issue for some voters. Reading about how he and his campaign deal with Luke being a black man other black people cannot relate to, and a Jewish man who Jewish people can't relate to was one of my favorite parts of the book. More than how he dealt with it was how his family stepped in to help him every step of the way.
The book is about all of his friends and family though, which is what made it such a pleasure to read. Running for president changes everyone's life and this is an in-depth look at those changes. Friendships are tested and some fall. Marriages struggle to stay alive (and not just the candidate).
And Luke's wife, Laura, is probably my favorite character in the entire book. She believes in her husband 100%. She knows that he will be good for the country, but she has a tough time dealing with his staff, who are always trying to tell her what to do. Her troubles dont' end there. She is suddenly feeling like a single parent, and has to face some rather nasty rumors about herself and her family. She takes it all in stride though, and fights for herself and her husband
I also wanted to mention that the book is quite funny.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a very interesting read. I wasn't sure if I would like it but I did enjoy the story.Published 22 months ago by QBee
Interesting characters that are well-developed. Good description of the national political process. Also, the Michigan connection caught my eye. Read morePublished on February 5, 2012 by carol hale
The GQ Candidate is a novel about the presidential campaign of an African-American politician with a mixed cultural background from the Midwest. Read morePublished on October 6, 2011 by Toni Campbell
Great book. The only thing not truly explored was the way the media shreds candidates like that to pieces, just like they did to Obama during his run in the book, 71 Days: The... Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by Lincoln Templeton