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. Jozee

    Why do we expect our politicians to be perfect people? John Edwards is only a man, who falls prey to the young, beautiful, vibrant women that throw themselves at them every day. Knowing that men think about sex every 3-5 seconds, John allowed this tryst to ruin his political life--at least for a while.

    I still respect his views about the poor and refuse to toss out the baby with the bath water. John Edward made an extremely dumb decision, unfortunatley it involves sex, and a possible love child. This is lovely fodder for the grist mill and the story is not likely to die for a long while.

    August 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. RM

    To those complaining that the author is making money off of other people's misery, take note: THE BOOK WAS WRITTEN 20 YEARS AGO. Idiots.

    August 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Ron Democrat turned independent

    to cw4barack
    isn't it funny that no mater what old man mcshane, bush's buddy, war-monger ect does, Hollywood obama just can't seem to pull away

    August 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Helionkas

    Sleeping with a woman doesn't mean one is in love with her. That's why prostitutes are there.

    August 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Sam, Muncie, Ind.

    First, who does this tool think he is, saying his questions weren't answered? Who cares if your questions were answered?

    Second, for you Republican fools crowing in here … Larry Craig.

    August 13, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Dave C - NJ

    I am going to write a book on Edwards mistresses brother's wife's cousin's friends mother. Think it will be a best seller?

    August 13, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Franky

    "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 know but that didn't even sound right. I'm already letting God take care of it, I already had my say...

    August 13, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. McCain=the draft

    How about McCain's affairs and how he dumped his crippled first wife for an heiress. Edwards is out, McCain isn't.

    August 13, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. JB

    _________________________________________

    Maybe we should care about more important things...

    _________________________________________

    August 13, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Barr '08

    Hey CNN –

    Where is the article highlighting McCain's "Wikipedia" foreign policy?

    August 13, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Mike

    Hey TWT, McCain's whole thing with his ex-wife has been written about, people know about it, McCain himself has acknowledged it, and guess what, his ex-wife is a McCain supporter so what's your point? Go away, you're an idiot.

    August 13, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Gene

    This is why our country is so pathetic. What has this women accomplished other than being bent over by a presidential candidate... not even the president. And we like sheep buy this book.

    It's a Springer generation. Anyone who actually buys this book should be automatically disqualified from being able to vote.

    August 13, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. RB

    McCain cheated on his wife, so republicans shut up!

    August 13, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Susan

    Truly why do we care? I was a John Edward's supporter in the primaries. I'm disappointed because I thought he had integrity – but my opinion means nothing. It's his wife and family that matter and their willingness to forgive. He made his bed.... he only has himself to blame for the media frenzy. But, since he is no longer a presidential candidate why is it such big news? I think because America has prayed and wished the Edward's family well because of Elizabeth's illness. We know them and like them because they seemed to be a strong couple who have endored not only her illness, but the sad loss of their oldest son. We like them as a couple and believed they had a strong marriage. Imagine Elizabeth's surprise? I've been where she is and I know how life altering it is when you think you are in a happy marriage only to find out only one of you is really in it. John Edwards is not the man of integrity he pretended to be. I'm sure he is not all bad, but he really failed this one big! He did everything wrong in handling this situation. Reille Hunter seems like a cheap tramp who is probably enjoying her 10 minutes of fame at the expense of Elizabeth Edwards and her (Reille's) own daughter. At this point why do we care? We don't... let's move on and let them work this out in peace. His political career is more than likely over.. let's hope he can save his family.

    August 13, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. John Hussein Karsten

    Ok CNN, post this

    Just from a guy's point of view what guy would NOT like to make with a "ostensibly jaded, cocaine-addled, sexually voracious 20-year old!" I really can't blame the man here ya'll. Let's face it, we men are dogs!!

    August 13, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. DR. YES

    stay out of people's personal lives!paparazzi!you hypocrites make me sick!picking up the first rock and throwing it?

    August 13, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. Barr '08

    Hey CNN –

    If politicians on the national stage cheating is such a big story, where is the article about McCain's adulterous past?!?

    August 13, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. baby mama

    typical demoRAT

    August 13, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Unshrub

    Who gives a rat behind. Edwards cheated on his wife. He should not be elected to any office. End of story.

    August 13, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. ben

    May I add one more comment? This political campaign has turned into a gutter mud slinging shameless brawl. We seem to have a choice like which of the two is the sleezyist slimyist lyingist scoundrel we shoud not vote for. A pox on both parties!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. Wisest one of All

    Good for the writer! As for those who claim that he is profiting from someone else misfortune that is exactly how Edwards became wealthy as a lawyer, Edwards only cares about money as well.

    Edwards is nothing special just another democrap who got caught.

    August 13, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. Jody Monroe

    Proverbs Chapter 5 of the Old Testament warns strongly against women like Rielle, "(3) For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil. (4) But in the end she is as bitter as poison, as dangerous as a double-edged sword." More:

    15 Drink water from your own well—
    share your love only with your wife.[b]
    16 Why spill the water of your springs in the streets,
    having sex with just anyone?[c]
    17 You should reserve it for yourselves.
    Never share it with strangers.

    18 Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you.
    Rejoice in the wife of your youth.
    19 She is a loving deer, a graceful doe.
    Let her breasts satisfy you always.
    May you always be captivated by her love.
    20 Why be captivated, my son, by an immoral woman,
    or fondle the breasts of a promiscuous woman?

    Read all of Proverbs Chapter 5 at Bible .com. Guess it just shows that there's nothing new with human nature, it's the same as it was thousands of years ago.

    August 13, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. Tess

    There are “two Americans” from DNC in this election: One talks a lot without substance and the other says one thing but does differently.

    August 13, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    How long do we have to look at this pig on the blog?.............Oh, I'm sorry.....I meant Mark Penn, not John Edwars.

    August 13, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. P Mangan

    anyomous, You should remain so with your idiotic unintelligent comments

    August 13, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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