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The Washingtonienneby Jessica Cutler
Synopses & Reviews
A delightfully dishy satire about the sexy shenanigans of Washington's power elite, from a former Capitol Hill staffer. A sharp, steamy, utterly unrepentant roman à clef exposing the scandalous truth of what goes on in the corridors of power on Capitol Hill, based on the author's actual weblog of the same name.
Washington, D.C., staffer Jessica Cutler created a sensation last year when, in an on-line weblog meant just for friends, she began chronicling her late-night affairs with Washington power brokers. But word about her dishy and humorous account of her relationships with six different men on Capitol Hill inevitably spread around town and became such a hot topic that it got her fired from her entry-level job in the office of Senator Mike DeWine (an Ohio Republican). Now, in The Washingtonienne, Cutler's real-life experiences in the capital become fodder for a sexy, semi-autobiographical novel that is sure to initiate a new Washington parlor game of Who's Who.
In a witty, unapologetic voice, the novel's narrator Jackie tells the story of her failed engagement, her decision to move from New York to Washington, and the mischief she immediately starts getting into upon arrival. From the married, Bush-appointed bureaucrat who gives her $400 for a lunchtime tryst, to the staff counsel whose taste for spanking she "accidentally" leaks to the office, Jackie's loosely fictionalized exploits serve up large portions of D.C. dish and prove that Washington's taste for sexy extramarital relationships is by no means limited to the Oval Office.
Deliciously gossipy and impossible to put down, The Washingtonienne is destined to be the book in everyone's summer beach bag.
"Cutler, the lowly Senate staffer who rocked the Capital last year with her salacious online diary, rehashes her ride into infamy in a tart, shallow tell-all that begs off as fiction. Smart but spoiled Jacqueline heads for the Hill after a broken engagement in New York. Soon this party girl is cavorting through the Capitol, where shameless flirting and sex appeal take her a long way. In Jacqueline's opinion, government is 'Hollywood for the Ugly,' and she coasts on her looks to score a fluffy job in a senator's office and effortlessly entice politicos on the prowl. She mines her dizzying array of casual sexploits, dished in callous, raunchy detail, for a blog to keep her friends in the loop ('I was a bitchy slut and so were all of my friends. Why not put it out there?'). Jacqueline winds up on D.C. gossip site Blogette — prompting her abrupt dismissal, an underdeveloped bit of soul-searching and lots of media attention. The flimsy garb of fiction makes for one coy striptease: just how much of Jessica emerges in Jacqueline? Who are the real-life counterparts to her paramours? For those who can conjure last summer's scandal, the reprise will liven up this year's beach batch. Agents, Michael Carlisle and Pilar Queen. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[T]he real talk in the nation's capital is about the exploits of former senatorial staffer Jessica Cutler." In Touch
"With much of the ubiquitous chick-lit genre still primly obsessed with the marriage plot, there's something very refreshing about her cynical sexual frankness, her shrugging irreverence toward the buffoons with whom she is intimate, her Scarlett O'Hara tenacity." New York Times
"If you need a juicy summer read to titillate you as you sun yourself on the beach, look no further." Bookreporter.com
"Lively, funny and agreeably in-your-face....[Cutler] sticks pins in a lot of deserving targets." The Washington Post
Deliciously gossipy and impossible to put down, "The Washingtonienne," a sharp, steamy tale based on the author's actual Web log of the same name, exposes the scandalous truth of Capitol Hill.
About the Author
In May, 2004, 26-year-old Jessica Cutler was thrust into the public eye when the on-line diary she kept for her friends exploded into Washington's scandale du jour. Immediately fired from her job as mail girl in the office of Senator Mike DeWine (for "unacceptable use of Senate computers"), Jessica remains unemployed in Washington, D.C.
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