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

Book sales based on Edwards' mistress continue to soar

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/13/art.mc.cnn.jpg 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 Amazon.com and 393 on Barnes&Noble.com - 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. Nia - AZ by way of MN

    Everyone wants thier 15 minutes. how did a book already get completed and released for sale?! Didn't the story just break this past Friday. Something about this whole thing seems staged.

    August 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. FabFem

    John Edwards and Bill Clinton- two sleazbags who will not be in the White House next year. Thank goodness.

    August 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. dave

    "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 hope what he said was the truth. There is no need for Edwards to be chivalrous toward the woman who sleeps around with married men. Edwards needs to start being chivalrous towards his wife

    August 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Mary Dale

    Who cares about this stuff? Edwards is out, its a 20 year old novel that never made it. Lets hear more about John McCains extra-marital affair that ruined his first marraige. Why dont we hear about that in a ticker article? Monica L. is still a hot topic

    August 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Fay Tx

    The Heck with Lying Edwards and his cheap Mistress

    August 13, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. William, from Cali!

    Some people, need to "get a life, of their own".........Reading about the "misery, of others" in an opportuntistic bestselling novel.......surely, want make "their life;" any more interesting..........................As for the author, his "deeds" speaks for themselves!

    August 13, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. Mickie in PA

    And still, not one word in the press about John McCain cheating on his crippled wife and kids with his trophy second wife. She has enough $$ to keep it out of the press.

    August 13, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. mama4obama

    I personally have no desire to read about trashy women. I do my best to stay as far away from them as possible. I have absolutely no respect for anyone who cheats, married or not. What a loser!

    August 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. ran

    How come you are not running the story about OUR TROOPS having to pay for their extra baggage when they are flying to WAR .

    August 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. vesper

    Dear Judgement over experience

    What a total two faced phoney you are. Just like your John-Boy cheating lying candidate.

    Maybe you should shack up with him.. you two share the same (lack of) morals.

    August 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. Luis

    Gotta love those Dimocrats (spelled correctly).......

    August 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Cathy

    I wish people would stop acting so surprised that another politician had an affair. Infidelity is a bipartisan issues....and dates back to the days of Abraham Lincoln (if not sooner). So unfortunately for his wife, John Edwards just joins the club of another person cheating on his/her spouse...just like B. Clinton, McCain and Spitzer.

    If you ask me B. Clinton and McCain haven't suffered politically to much from their infidelity.

    August 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. CT voter

    There is a war going on with one of the biggest superpowers known to man and we are still talking about somoene's secret love life...only in America...

    August 13, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. Ellie, Boyds MD

    Geeez, here's a new concept Americans are KNOWN for making a profit off other people's misfortune. Talk about the integrity of the American People. What a bunch of "HATERS" greedy for the almighty dollar.

    Money is DEFINITELY the root of all EVIL. Next thing you hear there will be a movie.

    Never mind the pain the family or his children is going through. NO ONE ever thinks about them until it happens to THEIR OWN FAMILY and then they don't like it. Everyone is quick to "point their holier than thou fingers" until it happens to them.....

    Funny that huh?

    August 13, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. anonymous

    I can't believe for the life of me, that people are going to buy this book. Guess you are supporting them, because they get money for any book sold. They probably did it for money, well that is usually what they do. Bet they could care less about anyone else with all the money they have. I will not buy any such garbage.

    August 13, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. ChicagoJosh

    I used to always like Edwards, but I love this news.

    If our Politicians are going to tell us how to live our lives (abortion, gay marriage, prayer in school, etc), then these politicians better have some values of their own.

    Edwards was a bastard to his faithful wife and children. He deserves all the bad publicity he gets.

    Media, please don't be afraid to talk about McCain's affairs while he was in his first marriage. This country should be proud to have a family like the Obama's represent them.

    August 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Kristena

    John Edwards probably wasn't in love with her, but did he have to make a point of saying so? I'm with Jay McInerny on this one. It's like Clinton saying he didn't have sex with "that woman." Didn't she have a name? This just shows how both of these men really feel about women. Women should wise up to the clues men like this give that they really don't have any concern or respect for the female of the species.

    August 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. Brian, Pittsburgh

    McCain had an affair, and he's running for president. If a man can betray his wife, he can betray his country.

    August 13, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. Me

    I have lost complete respect for John Edwards. Forget that he cheated on his wife, he cheated on his SICK wife, who is dying slowly.

    August 13, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. jackrainman

    What misfortune? He cheated on his wife who had been diagnosed with cancer.

    August 13, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. MJE WPG

    another perfect example of just what poltics is really all about, and for those that don't think there needs to be an overall change in washington "when the garbage trucks move in please make sure that you are thrown in with all the other trash and slime.

    August 13, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    I guess CNN will be doing an expose on all McCain's adultrous flings in the same manner they are covering John Edwards. The Republicans won't care cause they are the righteous right and what they do will be forgiven.

    August 13, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. Marc PDX

    Jeez, Russia has invaded another country (shades of 1968) and the Edwards scandal is getting as much attention in the MSM. Edwards isn't even a major political figure anymore and it seems pointless to wallow in his family's demolition. Leave them alone. Edwards is done with politics.

    August 13, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. JOB

    "To say that he slept with her but he wasn't in love with her — that's not very chivalrous," ...

    Well, he didn't inhale... typical Democrat response when facts catch up to them.

    August 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. GARY

    he said he had his afair while his wife was in remission how wonderfull of him how this man and i use the term losely can sleep at night is beyond me-

    August 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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