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. David

    Folks in NC have tried to tell you Democrats about the real Edwards.

    August 13, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Pam

    Are there any books about McCain's mistress (Cindy McCain)?

    August 13, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Mark R. Milwaukee WI

    I'm just betting that the affair didn't end after he found out his wife had inoperable cancer. And now he's arranging visits with the child conceived with his mistress while his wife slowly dies of inoperable cancer. EEEEEEEeeeeeewwwwww! I don't think a soap opera would touch that story line. It's too gross.

    August 13, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. TerryDo--Puma +40

    John Edwards now is like Richardson, whenever we see his face or hear his name it emotes antagonism for their corruption and betrayal.

    They are branded by the American citizens and will forever have that stigma on their heads.

    So, John Edwards, or is it the Ken doll Edwards that lived a life of lies and fornication?

    August 13, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. D.Nelson

    Edwards HAS done a lot for the poor but I'm glad he's not going to be our president–and I used to be a huge fan, telling peopel he would be president some day.
    I dont care who he slept with, either. I care THAT he slept with someone other than his wife and that he lied about it. Integrity isnt something you can turn on and off. And it's something I–at the least–want the illusion of having in the next president.

    Edwards said the affair didnt mean anything. Really? He wants the world to believe that? He risked everything for it–his wife, his family, his career. It meant absolutely everything.

    August 13, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Anne in CT

    She was only 20, and this man used her immature behaviour as fodder for his trashy book? Maybe she can sue McInerney for slander. Seems he's the lowest of all parties involved this travesty.

    August 13, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Fran Green

    Read between the lines. So, how many more "quickie" affairs did John enjoy on his "tour of duty"?

    August 13, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Dave, Illinois

    A while back, CNN posted a ticker story about how Obama's followers are being portrayed as hateful and sheep. Please read the comments in these bloggs and form your own opinion. Obamites regularly hurl age-related insults and use childish names starting with "Mc". They practically fawn over anything Obama says. Please read for yourself and witness what this man's followers have to offer.

    August 13, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. jmo

    Some of you need to read the article again. The book's 20 years old and it's fiction. I'm sure if the book were yours, you'd turn down those royalty checks, right? (that's sarcasm to the dim bulbs).

    As far as Edwards, I'm not surprised at all. He looks like he's always been hung up on his appearance. Infidelity is just one of those roads a man like that some times takes to prove he's still "got it". I just thought he'd be a better liar if he got caught.

    August 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    vesper: You are immoral if you criticize John Edwards without mentioning John McCain"s infidelity.

    August 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    To all who keep saying this is about "democrats" or denouncing bad "morals" "betraying his family" "Clinton and Edwards" ....

    Before you get all excited about how "moral" Republicans are: Don't forget John McCain cheated on his wife, who was severly and permanently injured and disfigured in a car wreck, with his current wife. A rich, tall, camera friendly blond with money to back his political career. He married her ONE MONTH after he divorced his first wife.

    Hmmmm..... sounds like there's some dirty laundry in that basket, too!

    August 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. Brandy

    Ya know, people cheat everyday. No one is perfect. I see most people flirt, kiss, etc with someone they are not involved with. And ya know what? It's not my place to judge. I don't care that Edwards cheated. It happens. He admitted it. My father cheated on my mother. Of the women I work with, all but one has had their husband cheat on them.

    August 13, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. DC, SD

    Wave bye bye John, bye bye.
    While the media maintains their morally bankrupt perspective by running stories that make no difference. So many important matters never receive coverage, as per usual.

    August 13, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. Sherri

    So many people cheat – Edwards, McCain, Gingrich, Clinton have all cheated on their wives. No political party has a monopoly on lack of integrity and poor moral fiber.

    Go Obama!

    August 13, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Sandra

    I'm starting to wonder what's important in this country. We've got troops in Iraq. People are dying there daily. We hear every day about the critical situation in the Middle East with respect to Israel and the Palestinians. Russia has invaded Georgia and Putin seems to be determined to return Russia to its "old glory and prominence." Our current American president seems to have made a mess of our standing internationally. Remember those ridiculous meetings with Putin (Vladmer) and Bush. And CNN has devoted a whole section of their political page to John Edwards and his mistress. Come on. Is this really news? What are you thinking?

    August 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. LF

    I'm sorry the Johnny Reid Edwards family has had to confront the alleged charges of scandal more recently. I hope the healing process will begin in the near future for the sake of the future of the family.

    Mr. Edwards did not have a glowing record as a senator from NC.

    May they survive the present day difficulties and media reports of scandal, and work to enjoy a greater and happier life together. He may be better to return to his former profession as "Injury Attorney", or some of the famous lawyer/attorney programs on televisions, even as an actor!!

    Politics may have to go along the wayside!

    August 13, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Jane

    What about McCain mistress Vicki Iseman?

    Where's her book?

    August 13, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. DJ

    He picked her up in a bar. Why would he be in love with her? Sex does not always equate to love

    August 13, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Ms. D

    Republicans don't need to snicker to fast because John Mccain did the same thing!! How people tends to forget when the shoe is on the other foot!! Mccain was still married when he was fooling around with his now wife Cindy Mccain. It don't matter if it was before, during or after the race!! If people condemn Edwards then you better condemn Mccain for the same thing!! Mccain has been giving a free past as far as his personal life and wife personal life for that matter!!

    August 13, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. KAREN


    August 13, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. TMH

    Please read the article carefully before making posts. It clearly states that THE BOOK WAS WRITTEN 20 YEARS AGO!!! (written in the 80's about the singles scene in New York during that time) .

    At what time the author stated that the main character of the novel was based on Edwards' mistress is not known. Only after the affair was made public or since the time the book was first published 20 years ago?

    August 13, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. david baxter

    why do we expect our politicans to be better than the people they represent. many married americans have affairs. the politican's lifes are under contast watch by others when ours are not.

    August 13, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. Jerome J. Padin

    After decades of the Kennedy behavior, the Clinton affairs and reported rapes and his abuse of a young intern. The mountains of unethical and criminal behavior committed by most if not all of our various elected congress critters, John Edwards is a mole hill on the sexual misbehavior of government pukes.

    August 13, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. alabama

    All I can say is that I'm glad this jerk is not in the White House or it would be Clinton all over again. Where is moral leadership and example? Where is the humility and spirituality of our founding fathers who were capable of receiving answers to their prayers when critical decisions arise? Such leaders are in great demand in our world right now! How could someone so arrogant and stupid get so far on the path to become a world leader? We must do better or perish!

    August 13, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Jake

    And gee, this article on the front of CNN is going to help him make money on others' misfortunes, too. Did he pay for this article?

    August 13, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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