Eighteen Acres by Nicolle Wallace
Atria • $25 • ISBN 9781439194829
On sale October 19, 2010

I have a soft spot for novels that have to do with the personal side of politics—think American Wife or Fly Away Home—so I was intrigued when Nicolle Wallace's Eighteen Acres arrived in our office. Wallace is a political commentator who is most famous for her jobs as White House communications director under George W. Bush and advisor for the McCain/Palin campaign. (And as most of us know, that advising did not always go smoothly.)

Eighteen Acres tells the story of the first female president, Charlotte Kramer; Melanie Kingston, White House chief of staff; and Dale Smith, a White House correspondent. When the novel starts, the economy has tanked, Charlotte's numbers have dropped and it's Melanie's 37th birthday:

Every room in the White House brought back a memory of a time when she had felt fortunate to be there. These days, she usually found herself standing in these rooms, asking—sometimes begging—the walls to talk to her. Sometimes the history that she and Charlotte were making struck her as embarrassingly overdue—many other countries had been ruled by women. And at other times, it was exhilarating to think that a new generation of women would grow up knowing the glass ceiling had been shattered once and for all. But the vast majority of the time, Melanie's life was exhausting, her assignments unseemly and the rewards nonexistent.

Eighteen Acres is a fun, quick read about the dirty side of life in the White House. Look for a full review in the November issue of BookPage. Will you check out this novel?

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