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Publisher Description

A brilliantly funny novel about ambition and marriage from the best-selling author of Girls in White Dresses, The Hopefuls tells the story of a young wife who follows her husband and his political dreams to Washington, D.C., a city of idealism, gossip, and complicated friendships among the young aspiring elite. 

When Beth arrives in D.C., she hates everything about it: the confusing traffic circles, the ubiquitous Ann Taylor suits, the humidity that descends each summer. At dinner parties, guests compare their security clearance levels. They leave their BlackBerrys on the table. They speak in acronyms. And once they realize Beth doesn't work in politics, they smile blandly and turn away. Soon Beth and her husband, Matt, meet a charismatic White House staffer named Jimmy, and his wife, Ashleigh, and the four become inseparable, coordinating brunches, birthdays, and long weekends away. But as Jimmy’s star rises higher and higher, the couples’ friendship—and Beth’s relationship with Matt—is threatened by jealousy, competition, and rumors. A glorious send-up of young D.C. and a blazingly honest portrait of a marriage, this is the finest work yet by one of our most beloved writers.

Fiction & Literature
July 19
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Texas330 ,


Complex characters. Really captures what it is looking me to move in the political circle of D.C., especially how all-consuming it is. Insightful look into that complicated world and the people closest to it.

skyelar ,

I was hopeful this book would end sooner than it did.

This story is boring , too long and needs better editing! This will appeal to the young women who attend college and join a sorority, in hopes of meeting the right guy and get their M.R.S. degree, move to "the big east coast city" , pretending they are something they are not , and end up in a suburb of Maryland playing "bunco". If this movie were to take place twenty years ago, it would star Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaghey. Opening weekend romantic comedy. Two months later, Lifetime television for women. Could this story have been anymore vanilla? - Tracy Smith

Loudin23 ,

The plot line is so thin it is almost embarrassing.

Not sure if this is self published but it certainly reads like it. I finished it only because I was on a train with no wi-if. I was certain it had to improve - it didn't.

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