August 13th, 2008
01:40 PM ET
14 years ago

Book sales based on Edwards' mistress continue to soar

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A book based on Edwards' mistress is soaring in book sales."](CNN) - Author Jay McInerney may have John Edwards to thank for a likely influx of book royalties.

His twenty-year old novel, based on the life of Edwards' mistress when she was a young adult, is soaring in sales rankings - so much so that the book's publisher has commissioned an additional 2,500 copies for print on Monday.

McInerney has said the book's main character, described as an "ostensibly jaded, cocaine-addled, sexually voracious 20-year old," was inspired by Rielle Hunter - the film producer who Edwards recently acknowledged having an affair with in 2006.

The book, about the New York singles scene amidst the excess of the 1980s, is now 299 on and 393 on Barnes& - moves of a couple hundred places in only a handful of days. Before news of the affair broke, the book was thousands of spots lower.

Edwards, the former presidential candidate and 2004 vice presidential candidate, said he had a brief affair with Rielle Hunter in 2006 when she was employed by his political action committee to make "webisodes" about his campaign.

Despite breathing new life into one of his novels, McInerney said earlier this week he is no fan of the former North Carolina senator.

"To say that he slept with her but he wasn't in love with her - that's not very chivalrous," the author told the New York Daily News. "He's trying to distance himself from her."

"I don't feel my questions have been answered with regard to Edwards," he also said. "It was a half-assed confession."

Filed under: John Edwards • Rielle Hunter
soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. P, CA

    Way to make money on someone else's misfortunates.

    August 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. Judgement over experience

    I don't care who he slept with, he didn't cheat on me. He is still a good man and has done alot for the poor.

    August 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. chicago chris

    I love how Hillary supporters continue to say Obama was selected by the DNC and not the public, even though Mark Penn even admitted her campaign was in dis-array and didn't plan for after Feb 5th. It may have looked like he was handed it, but only because Hillary looked so bad in the final leg of her campaign.

    August 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Puck

    I wonder if people can get any dumber. Is it possible?
    This book is FICTION. Yet these morons will buy it up
    and hit the Net with their, "Did you know she did this?"
    *shaking my head* How truly pathetic we've become.

    And then I realize how idiotic I am for spending time
    commenting on this ridiculous article.

    August 13, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. DR. YES

    i love it!nosy repubs crawling into the gutter,and sifting through the people need a bath .you are dirty.

    August 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Obamalism

    This is sure to explain much...the trail is always paved with money.

    August 13, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. Abby

    I guess that’s the way it is. Some profit from the misery of others.

    I still wish Edwards well but would lose all respect for him if that’s actually his child and he denied her…then again maybe he’s trying to spare Elizabeth that last bit of pain.

    What a mess he created. What a mess.

    August 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Joe Kiloz

    There are many unanswered questions about this. The mainstream media is hoping that Edwards' denial wil satisfy. Under what circumstances did Miss Hunter come up with the down payment for the purchase of the $3,000,000.00 enclave in which she now lives ? Who put out this money and how was it obtained ?
    This story has a Watergate ring to it and it is just beginning to brew. The Enquirer should be thanked for shining its spotlight on it while mainstream media chose to ignore.
    I don't know about you, but I think Miss Hunter is not taking the paternity because it will reveal Edwards' continuing lying. Besides, and understandingly, Mr. Edwards says that the affair was "nothing." And that "nothing" is something her daughter will find out sooner or later.
    Hope the medium will get to the bottom of this.

    August 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. TWT

    You go John, they don't care the other John (McCain) did the same.

    Of coarse thou that is exceptable by women and faith groups as long as your a Republican or a Hillary supporter.

    Ouh ya- you go to Bill!!

    August 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. Kelby from Houston, TX

    I have not heard alot about the woman with John Edwards had an affiar with. Heck, I had not even heard the woman's name, and now this.
    And to find out that the woman was "ostensibly jaded, cocaine-addled, sexually voracious 20-year old," ... Rielle Hunter. Sexually voracious, eh? Yeah, hanging around someone like this is not good for anybody's marriage

    August 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. dollorbil

    Nowhere is it written that you have to love someone to sleep with them. That goes for female as well as male.

    August 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. JM from SC

    Americans are so gossip hungry. This book should not make the money it took to think about writing it. That fling or whatever it was should be between Edwards, that woman, his wife and God. There is too much trouble in the world to worry about who is in an affair with who.

    August 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Sigh

    Who cares. Really.

    August 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Linda

    Please America grow up! People cheat, people make mistakes - leave the Edwards alone. This is none of our business!

    August 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Ready For Change

    I just keep seeing Edwards and Obama hugging the day Edwards FINALLY came out and endorsed Obama. He should have endorsed Clinton, she is the one who was much closer to his voters and his supposed agenda. What a worm. I guess I have a much clearer view on Edwards view of women now.

    August 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. CW4Barack

    Isn't it funny that even though Obama is on vacation and kind of out of the spotlight, McSame still can't garner attention....something else, whether good or bad usually steals his thunder! God don't like ugly!

    August 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. Over it..

    Enough All Ready...!!

    Real News for problems in America..

    I guess one real problem is news coverage on problems in America.

    CNN STOP..

    August 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Texas Trail Dog!


    August 13, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. therealist

    Liberals are suckers...

    August 13, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. Southern resident

    He sure showed his true colors – all icky and slimy. Yuck! And to think
    I trusted him. No more!

    We need to elect DECENT men and women as leaders - not the lowest of the low who lie, cheat and are dishonest, with absolutely no moral fiber. What kind of example is that? WHO can look up to him???? This "hero" turns out to be a ZERO.

    We put our faith and trust in him and he betrays us, as well as his family.

    August 13, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. anyomous

    mccain ony cares about peensylvvinia he dosent care about florida shoul he won peensylvinia

    August 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. aaa

    leave the guy alone post some more frauds on McSnail or McDrill we need to see mcshames frauds

    August 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Michael G- Ventura ca

    Sad. The way that people who do these sorts of things (and worse) make a fortune on book sales- very sad.

    August 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. Proud to be American

    McInerney need to mind his own business – John does not have to confess to anyone other than his God and wife and family – if they forgive him so shall we .... CNN let this one go okay...

    August 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. Emma

    John Edwards is a liar! He is probably a new dad and shame on him for what he has done and is doing to his family.

    If he ever runs for public office where my vote is needed, guess what hell will freeze over before I give him my vote even for dog catcher!

    He mistreated his wife and now she has to deal with the public side of his confession and her inoperable cancer! Elizabeth needs all of her attention focused on her survival not the antics of her cheating husband! Shame on you Edwards!!

    August 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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