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. Danh

    Nobody is perpect. I wonder so many good things that Edwards has done for the little people is not mentioned of. The GOP must have been the author of this dirty trick.

    August 13, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. JMACSr

    "He was a good man and has done a lot for the poor!" - yeah, by showing what a fraud most of those "help" efforts are....

    As columnist Ruth Marcus pointed out, Elizabeth Edwards already KNEW about this when she said what a great president John Edwards would make!

    Meantime, we're all supposed to believe that his sweetie is living in a $3M house funded by his biggest political contributor and Edwards knows noting about it? So we have $800 haircuts, !120K to his sweetie for a "video", and she's still collecting $15K a month to stay out of sight! The good news is that the money and efforts of his supporters have been totally wasted, showing what really bad choices they've made....typical.

    August 13, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. LBW

    I am glad for the author. The woman was a spoiled rich child who grew up taking whatever she wants. A real piece of work, no reguard for married people. John Edwards showed me that he is not all that. If you have to cheat, then you should not be married. Does a vow before God, family and friends not mean anything anymore? Have we truly come to this?

    August 13, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. P Mangan

    Dimocrats, Dumocrats it's all the same (spelled correctly)…….

    August 13, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. fred

    wow, people are nosy........let's just read all about other people's mistakes, because that is the right thing to do.....not

    August 13, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Pat

    After every scandal there is a writer and a novel and fools rush in to salivate on every word, injecture and falsehood! Hope those rushing to the book stands take their time reading so the blogs won't be flooded with their descriptions of the mythical truths.

    August 13, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. Wrinkled Old White Man

    Jay McInerney why don't you write a book about the POW that came home and dumped his diabled wife for the young trophy heiress? Or don't you do nonfiction?

    August 13, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Lia

    Hope he writes part two, where he takes a moment to consider the experience of the wife of a cheating husband, and not just focus on the character of a woman who, in the '80's, was cocaine addled and morally bankrupt, and continued her storyline of putting herself first, right into the present day.

    August 13, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Ron Democrat turned independent

    we have been conditioned by the news media to respond to negative information only. good is boring, short lived and does not hold viewers attention. gas goes up lots of attention, gas goes down find a negative in it.husband buys wife new home, new car, long vacation, oh hum .rents a hooker, as an affair, yeah got you baby an so on

    August 13, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. ANGIE

    Someone should write a book about mccain and how he cheated on his wife, left her and married barbie doll after his wife was disfigured and badly injured in a car accident, While she waited and prayed for him being pow and took care of his children and mccain said THATS NOT THE SAME WOMAN I MARRIED, so mccain went on to marry a rich heiress to futher advance his political career!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. nathan

    Hope the PUMA lot realise, Clinton campaign failed because of poor management. Penn should write off the money Clinton owes!

    August 13, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Sharon Walker

    Dear Friends:
    In the shadow of the White House lies the pride of America!
    Monuments for the brave and those we are proud of. They earned that
    respect! During the night I heard on CNN that former President Eisenhower was being compared to a presidential candidate who should stay on permanent vacation.

    A military commitment, sacrafice and those who serve this nation as veterans of war, as active military personel are heros. We will not and should not tarnish or diminish the importance of their service, sacrafice. Amoung them are the names of those who are and were missing in action. All veterans of Viet Nam know the names on that monument are for reason. No soul, no man or woman should ever be stripped of their dignity or memory. Especially for personal political gain. How many the world over know and remember, Normandy, D DAy, WWI, WWII, Korea, Phillipines, Falkner Field, Viet Nam, the Gulf War, Alphghanastan, Kuwait, Iraq, do not forget, the USS Arizona and all military action vessels, air craft, tanks for from Georgia a great state and all others of this nation we SALUTE YOU!



    August 13, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Bob stores

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

    The man was running for President of the United States , if he cheated on his wife what else would he cheat on ? Did you think about that ? You need to start realizing that as the president your first responsiblity is to the American public. As president you sacrifice those rights to privacy, it comes with the office. We need a man of integrity. Good thing he didn't win!

    August 13, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Curious

    Has it occurred to anyone that MAYBE this was a political setup by the republicans? Nothing would surprise me anymore.

    I believe the baby is his, why else would that woman continue to work for his company AFTER the affair!

    August 13, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. P Mangan

    His wife, no one's wife deserve’s this. It is the ultimate slap in the face............................

    August 13, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. larryh wi

    No surprises here, Edwards had some pretty good inspiration, and I don't mean from R Hunter, I mean from Bill cheating Clinton, Jessie cheating Jackson & a host of others. The funny thing is, they all have the continued support of their wifes, Go figure. As for hillBilly Clinton, a good look at Hillary and you can undersatnd his wanting it elsewhere. As for Jessie J, it's in his genes, they were bred to breed, it aint Jessies fault. As for Edwards his wife has Cancer and the poor guy probably wasn't getting it at home, maybe that's why the wifes stay with them, they are understanding.

    August 13, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    I utterly fail to understand why anyone cares about any of this.

    August 13, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. David, Silver Spring, MD

    I've seen reports that suggest something like 40% of the married population cheats at least once. I know at least one of my parents did. I'm pretty sure John McCain cheated on his wife.

    Do we, as a society, really want to end careers and ostracize people over things like this? Should John Edwards or John McCain have to wear a scarlet letter next to their flag pins?

    August 13, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. JA Cook

    Edwards lied to us all and has been exposed. Let's stop peeking in his windows and move on. He's no longer relevant.

    McCain is still relevant though. He's still in the running for President and parading around with the heiress for whom he dumped his wife.

    Both instances speak about the character of the man. Only one matters any more regardless of when it occurred.

    August 13, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. Ken

    Its funny ........its all okay for the libs to attack...... but when the shoe is on thier stinky feet.............. LOOK-OUT!! It would seem like Edwards would make a good "Clinton-like" president.......... very sad.

    August 13, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. Ken

    Personally I don't care about this ...the news should report it but
    not make a never ending spectacle of it . It is the news ,like you ,and the listening public morons who keep this going when there are more important things to report and talk about.

    August 13, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. Young voter

    Did people miss the second paragraph of this article?? The book was written and released 20 YEARS AGO!!! The fact that this woman is NOW in the news has made people (now 20 YEARS LATER) curious about her and they want to read the book. The author is not getting rich of the misery of others on purpose. This was just a stroke of "luck" for him. He didn't engineer the affair that is bringing his book attention. Why shouldn't he be happy about the extra income? Again, this book (which has nothing to do with John Edwards) was written 20 YEARS AGO!

    August 13, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. Bud

    Why should anyone even care? John McSame cheated on his first wife by his own admission. Edwards is not running for anything and is irrelavant at this point. His wife and he have settled whatever they needed to find whatever peace can be found. This "Other Woman" is not news-worthy. What's Next? Nude Pictures?

    August 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Typical White Person

    Why isn't CNN covering the reports of the Obama campaign requiring 6 hours of volunteer work for tickets to the convention?

    August 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. Vigla

    I think it's ridculous that we are talking about Edwards and not McCain. After all, McCain is running for president. What McCain did to his first wife was 100 times worse than what Edwards did.

    So, let's talk aout McCain's cheating and dumping of his first wife who #1 wasn't rich, #2 was disfugured in a car accident, and #3 waited fro him while he was a POW in Vietnam. What does McCain do? He cheats on her soon after he returns, dumps her, marries a rich, well connected trophy wife to satisfy his political ambition and is now running for President.

    So if you hate what Edwards did, you HAVE TO hate what McCain did, right? That means you should be voting for OBAMA 08! No excuses...

    August 13, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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