The GQ Candidate by Keli Goff

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Luke tries to find humor in most situations and I often found myself laughing out loud.
-Caitie Flum


The West Wing meets Entourage when “one of the most provocative political bloggers in the country” (The Philadelphia Tribune) exposes the stunning implications a historical bid for the presidency has on the candidate’s inner circle.

Michigan governor Luke Cooper, one of the few black and—by virtue of adoption—Jewish elected officials, stuns his tight-knit friends with his decision to run for president. But could their efforts to help ultimately be his political downfall? Scandal and gossip surrounding his supporters rock his campaign, and even Luke’s wife grows wary of the spotlight when a surprise from their past inconveniently resurfaces. . . .

Selected for the Los Angeles Times’s summer reading list and as one of More magazine’s “Beach Reads You’ll Love,” Keli Goff ’s clever and entertaining debut novel is a spot-on golden ticket into the secret heart of the political circus.

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Keli Goff is an author, blogger and political analyst whose commentary on politics and pop culture appears regularly in national television, print and online publications. She is a frequent guest on news programs on the networks CNN, FOX, MSNBC and NPR, and is a regular contributor to and the Huffington Post. She is the author of the book PARTY CRASHING: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence. This is her first novel.
Published July 5, 2011 by Atria Books. 386 pages
Genres: Other, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jul 01 2011

The novel ends on a cliffhanger—all to the good, except it presupposes that the reader will have slogged through to the end of this overlong, unrewarding debut.

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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jul 01 2011

Goff's behind-the-scenes glimpse of the mechanics of a political campaign is canned, bloated, and staffed with cookie-cutter characters going through the motions of a superficial plot. Just as the title suggests, this is only skin deep.

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The Root

Reviewed by Joshua Weaver on Jul 18 2011

While fiction, Goff's The GQ Candidate gives readers the much-desired insider's glance at both the jubilance and agony of a presidential candidacy.

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Reviewed by Patricia Woodside on Jul 25 2012

THE GQ CANDIDATE is one of those books that will get a mix of reviews, some glowing and some less than enchanted. I understand both perspectives, but I'm going to stand closer to the body that is throwing light, not shade, on this story.

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Caitie Flum

Reviewed by Caitie Flum on Jul 05 2011

Luke tries to find humor in most situations and I often found myself laughing out loud.

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Reviewed by Arianna Huffington on Jul 12 2011

A witty novel that reminds us that all politics is personal.

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