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. aliou FL

    I am writing my own book about Young McCain's multiple mistresses and his infidelity to a crippled wife. This book will not be centered on sex. It will be centered on the cowardice of a "war hero" who couldn't stand up for the only person in the world that God entrusted to his care: His wife, then not cindy. The first wife was callously abandonned when she needed him most.

    What a shame that is the person some americans want to stand for them in times of needs.

    August 13, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Mauri

    Now that this scandal has come out from the horse's mouth, the same one who is finished in politics, I beg of you, CNN, take it off the POLITICAL TICKER. Where it belongs is in the scandal sheets or on TV's Extra & Insider, and oh yes, The National Enquirer who has dibbs on it anyway. I never want to see John Edwards' name again, nor Elizabeth's either if, indeed, she was aware of his adulterous trek with R. Hunter during the current campaign. And finally, all of you who continue to trash Hillary with the Lewinsky experience, I say thank you, Lord, that Edwards did not endorse her - but laid his paltry delegates on Obama - the big winner.

    August 13, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Morningstar

    Oh Luis, where have you been during the repugs sexually scandales from the airport bathroom to the house of rep with a page? Ah those religious conservatives you have to "love" them.

    August 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. CJ

    How are people blaming McCain for John Edwards being a liar, a cheat, and a horrible man. McCain had nothing to do with this. Quit blaming him for the Dem's own problems. You sound like a bunch of cry babies just like Obama is. Obama is a socialist pig

    August 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Janice

    Who cares who John Edwards slept with. It doesn't change the good things he has done. He is human and he made an error in judgement. Its nobody's business.

    August 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |


    The author wrote this book 8 yrs before Edwards cheated on his wife. Thus, how is he profiting from the misery of others? Is he really or do you just enjoy standing on your soap box?

    August 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Janice


    I am sure if someone dug all into your business you would come up short in the moral department as well. So get off your soap box

    August 13, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. CT voter

    The situation with the kidnappings in mexico, please help! I haven't heard the campaigns talk about it, please please address this. I'm begging you guys if anyone take's notice please have Mr. Obama or Mr. Mccain, or any politician for that matter address it. Please!

    August 13, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. Raymond Duke

    I don't like John Edwards but I think the media has beat a dead horse to death. As far as the book I would not walk across the street for one if they were giving them away.

    August 13, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. ahna

    Never cared for
    Edwards, never will. Just one more politician that lies.

    August 13, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. BHO: Ignorance is bliss

    This book is outselling pelosi..... pelosi should try to hookup with edwards if she wants her book to sell...

    August 13, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Susan

    Who cares?

    August 13, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. DJ Los Angeles

    Bill Clinton would be proud.

    August 13, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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