- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (July 24, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501179411
- ISBN-13: 978-1501179419
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PRAISE FOR CHARLOTTE WALSH LIKES TO WIN
“A smart and funny novel about the cost of being a woman in the public eye. Told with Jo Piazza's characteristic wit, humor and insight, Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win is a winner.”
—Laura Dave, author of Hello Sunshine
“Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win is daring, confident, and ambitious, just like Charlotte Walsh herself. Jo Piazza has written a main character so honest, she leaps off the page. Charlotte Walsh is a woman I won't soon forget.”
—Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
“Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win is real, raw and complicated. Piazza's writing is filled with wit, charm and humor, which is why I loved (and in some instances lived during my time in the White House) this novel. I laughed, winced, sighed and cried. Jo has done it again.”
—Alyssa Mastromonaco, author of Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?
“This enthralling page-turner is a rallying cry to the #TimesUp generation, bringing a journalist’s eye to the politics of female ambition and what it truly takes for a woman to run for office. It’s smart, fierce, and so much fun to read.
—Camille Perri, author of The Assistants and When Katie Met Cassidy
“Charlotte had me from her first feisty line. This novel is the perfect blend of propulsive plot and sharp detail. And it’s particularly timely. Piazza crafts a portrait of what it means to be an ambitious woman today. Charlotte Walsh likes to win and she won me over completely.”
—Alisyn Camerota, author of Amanda Wakes Up
About the Author
Jo Piazza is an award-winning journalist and editor who has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Daily News (New York), New York magazine, Glamour, Marie Claire, Elle, and Salon. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, Fox News, BBC, and MSNBC. Jo received a Masters in Journalism from Columbia, a Masters in Religious Studies from NYU, and a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. The author of The Knock Off, How to Be Married, Fitness Junkies, and Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win, she currently lives in San Francisco with her husband, their giant dog, and a baby boy.
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Along the way, Charlotte finds that she is not alone. Sprinkled with much humor from surprising characters and tell it like it is if you were really running for office, it is empowered women and so timely in showing the dark side of caricatures of male politicians that are not so far from the truth misogynists.
Also a heads up, this is not for an overly sensitive male. Her portrayal of rich white male privledge is also spot on which I loved.
Josh, her campaign manager, asks “Charlotte?…Are you still in this race? I can end it now. You can end it now. It still won’t be pretty, but I promise it will be easier.”…Charlotte made her voice equally low. “I want to stay in.”
Charlotte Walsh likes to win. Even when her whole life is crumbling around her, she still needs to win. Why did she decide to do this? Why run for Senate in a state that has never elected a woman. Why give up her high paying, successful career at a Silicon Valley job to join the campaign trail that is full of fast food, driving across the state in a minivan and eighteen hour days smiling and shaking hands? Why did she think with three young children and a strained marriage that this was a great next move. Most importantly, why did she decide to do this when she knew that her secret was pretty much guaranteed to come out and ruin not only her chances, but also her family.
Charlotte’s struggle is real. Her marriage has suffered an affair but was it really built on a strong foundation? During one of their fights her husband, Max, tells her that he only married her because he felt sorry for her. In her heart, Charlotte always believed it to be true. When a woman is smart, driven and successful, it seems to have a direct effect onto a man’s ego. Max gets a huge boost of respect and admiration for giving up his career to stay at home and look after their three children. Charlotte takes an enormous amount of heat for abandoning her family to pursue her selfish goal. It is still a crime in this country for a woman to want things for herself. I mean if you want to run a marathon or sell home made crafts on Etsy, you should be fine, but you are not allowed to want the same things men want. Charlotte notes that she still gets the kids ready in the morning while Max goes on a run and she looks after them in the evenings when she gets home at dinner time. This is an age old problem. You can work, but you are still responsible for everything pertaining to home life. I felt that issues women face were made relevant in this book without becoming preachy. It wasn’t thrown in your face, you just got to see what Charlotte was going through and as a character, I not only liked her, but I felt for her. All the characters were flushed out, real, complex and multi dimensional which I appreciated.
Politics is a rough game and worse if you are a woman. She gets asked what colour of nail polish she is wearing, wearing flats is making a statement, and everything from her femininity to her parenting skills are called into question. You are simultaneously a “little lady” who can’t get anything done and the biggest current threat to democracy. I guess it could be called timely considering the political climate these days, but I feel like this could have been written any time. That’s what I loved. Politics was the perfect back drop for this story.
This was a great read. Exciting, fast paced and an authentic story told in a very real, complex and thoughtful way. It was multi layered, I was involved in the journey and I enjoyed the characters. Once again, I wasn’t paying attention to where I was in the book and I was unprepared for and really shocked when the ending came. It is really abrupt so be forewarned. It doesn’t mean I didn’t like the ending, just not what I expected. I think a lot of people will respond to this book and was a really great read.
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