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. What!!!

    This is just like people slowing down on the interstate for that car crash. We have become a nation of pigs that roll around in the "Dirt" provided on the evening news.

    Once again, I am so proud of my countrymen. I love my country but, not all the people in it.

    August 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Opportunism at its best.

    If Edwards behaves himself, this guy's fifteen minutes would have never started.

    Perhaps he has written a book about, oh, say, an Arizona Senator who has had numerous affairs and even gotten involved with and married a trophy heiress before the ink was dry on the divorce papers?! Who'd believe that?!

    August 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Cathy

    Why does John Edwards owe any confessions to this jerk. Of course he is not in love with her he slept with her based on the attraction he felt for her not out of love. While I am not excusing what he did, he does not owe any further explanations to the media or to this person. And who is the media to judge otherwise whether her child is John Edwards or this guy's child.

    August 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Tony

    CNN refuses to post my list of REPUBLICAN ADULTERERS, but I'm not surprised.

    Next to Fox, CNN is the worst when it comes to accurate reporting and letting people speak their minds.

    One would think we lived in a communist country!

    August 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. M. Winners, Mesa, AZ

    The same people who get their rocks off reading about other peoples sex lives are the same ones voting for McLame.

    Remember, he had an affair with Cindy while he was married to a wife who had physical problems as well.

    Big question: Why no puritanical chastising, finger pointing and fainting in the church aisles about McLame's "sins" by the "Taliban" evangelicals like they are doing to Edwards?

    August 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Liz T, Tucson

    I used to love John Edwards (in a political way), but I am so disappointed he would fall for the advances of this kind of woman. Unless someone can show me that he was the aggressor, I will believe it was her offering herself up .It was the same with Bill and Monica showing him her thong. How to women with this kind of behavior and a salacious history ever make it into someone's campaign, let alone the White House? Reminds me of nursing school in the 80s!

    August 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Tarheel Unity

    It doesn't matter if McInerney's questions haven't been answered...It's none of his business! It's between John Edwards and his wife. This whole thing is getting too big, just for the sake of news ratings and profit.

    August 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Steve - Wyoming

    Other than the fact that Edwards now joins the family man hypocrisy list along with McCain, Vitter, Haggard, Craig, etc., who cares? His political career was virutally over anyway, now it is a done deal.

    August 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Leper Colony of Pariah Hill

    This article is irrelevant and idiotic. What is infinitely more important is:

    What does Hillary Want?

    August 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. emelia

    sex sells

    August 13, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. Obama Rules

    Who gives a flying pig's butt about some affair?!? That's not important news!!! I would rather know what the United States has been "doing or building" in Georgia that made the Russians invade last week. Looks like we have another Cuban Missile Crisis on our hands., except this time it's the Georgia Missile Crisis, and it's America tampering this time around. Between the new missile defense system in Prague and American occupation in Georgia, it seems to me like Russia has seen through this attemt to suffocate Russia's military by surrounding it with strategic American militatry facilities to the south and west. Looks like Putin is putin his foot down and putin the kaybash on the United State's attempts to strategically surround Russia. Too bad we'll never hear anything about it because the fascist news media (CNN, FOX, MSNBC (except Olbermann) is paid by Washington to do whatever serve's Washington's best interest's. Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Bill O'Reilly = all employees of the Bush white house.

    OBAMA 2008!!!

    August 13, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. EMJ

    I am not sure what guideline CNN goes through to determine when to close an article for comments but it certainly seems to vary. Since I can't get my comment in the appropriate article CNN, I'll put it here. I just read about the Clintons basically taking over the convention and their sore losing supporters plans to f things up as much as possible. Be forewarned, myself and I'd suspect a few million more BO supporters will make sure HRC does not get the nomination EVER.
    You back stabbing supposed Democrats need to think twice or at least TRY and grow up a little. If BO loses because of trader democrats and PUMA spoiled babies I will dedicate as much time and money as possibel to see that HRC NEVER gets close to being nominated. What goes around comes around traders.

    August 13, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. Liberal4Obama

    Must be all those conservatives who cant even get a date buying the book

    August 13, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. David

    Good to see that the country now knows what we already knew about this bum here in NC when he was our senator.

    August 13, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. EMJ

    whoops, sorry I meant traitors not traders. Regardless, whatever Clinton and her sore losing cult do at the convention this year will be repaid in full.

    August 13, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. Ranjit, Dallas, Texas

    This is not about Edwards lying to his wife. If he was the democratic nominee, it would have been a disaster for the democrats. Everyone has been so nice to Elizabeth but, if she knew in 2006, why did she allow Edward to run for the president? She could not have been so naive to think that, it will not come out

    August 13, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. Nikki, Florida

    I did not read this article but wanted to comment that it is an enormous shame that trash like this makes so much money and gets so much attention – it's just absolute garbage!

    August 13, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. Gerald C, Madison, WI

    This was written 20 years ago, so the shame-on-you attitude directed at the author is hardly necessary. Further, one is not required to love someone in order to do what Mr. Edwards and Ms. Hunter did.

    August 13, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. Houston, TX

    I really don't give a

    August 13, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. Butch

    Edwards – an attorney – admits that "he had a lapse of JUDGMENT!"
    Aren't attorneys admired – and paid – for their supposedly exceptional judgment over us little people?

    He sure shot himself in the foot with that line. Who's gonna trust his judgment now?

    Kills any chance of Attorney General, or any other responsible post with the new administration, wouldn't you say? He's right in there with "Good job, Brownie!"

    August 13, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Tony


    JOHN McCAIN – Running for president
    Henry Hyde
    Bob Dole
    Newt Gingrich – ripped Bill Clinton while having his own affair
    Paul Wolfowitz
    George w. Bush
    Jeb Bush
    Neil Bush
    "Poppa" George H.W. Bush
    Parker J. Bena
    Richard Delgaudio
    "Mr. Mouth" Joe Scarborough
    Ronald Regan
    Nancy Regan
    Bob Barr – running for president!

    Just google any of the above and get the full stories.

    August 13, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. karenVA

    When a Hillary die-hard loon says Obama was not selected by the public, I hear "count my vote, not yours". And that's why if the Clintons continue to sabotage our nominee, she can forget about my vote next time. I voted for Obama. He won our primary. How is this not public support? Blaming John Edwards for Hillary's defeat is nonsense. How many more excuses will she put forward for running a lousy campaign? I suppose it makes sense in a weird way when her people say they will switch to McCain – they are partial to bumbling disorganized losers who only have negative attacks to offer the voters.

    I'm overwhelmed by Jay McInerney's cleverness in publishing a book to "profit from the misery of others" a full 20 years in advance. Maybe we should nominate him.

    August 13, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. David - RTP NC

    John Edwards is the consummate politician – a quintessential spin doctor. From his $600 haircuts and fancy home in Chapel Hill – all the while talking up the plight of the a happenstance dalliance with a campaign staffer. There is a reason why Ms Hunter will not pursue a paternity test and it probably has much to do with owning a house that is out of character for her position in life.

    At a time when this country needs character and integrity, John Edwards is all about that which we need less.

    August 13, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. David

    It is truly hilarious to see the Dems squirm or explain away at this (who cares, it's no ones business, etc). it goes both ways people. They are all human and are politicians to boot!

    August 13, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  25. Michele, Oregon

    "Alot of unanswered questions".........At this point, it is NONE of anyone's business. Their lives are in shambles and Edwards is not running for any office.

    Personally, I prefer the "do-gooder" who fails rather than those who mock or never try. We all have to face ourselves in life and this is the crucible for Edwards. And I would say to him "don't give up". Get through it and come back to the poverty agenda with the sounder motivation of someone who has been purified.

    August 13, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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