The GQ Candidate

The GQ Candidate

Book - 2011
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The literary debut of political analyst Keli Goff is a savvy tale inspired by the 2008 presidential election. Luke Cooper, one of the first black and, by virtue of adoption, Jewish governors in US history, decides that it is time to run for president. His friends offer to help out with the campaign but a fundraiser, hosted by Luke's good friend, becomes the subject of an incredibly negative gossip campaign. Meanwhile, Luke's wife is ambivalent about her husband's aspirations
Publisher: New York : Atria, 2011
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439158722
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 369 p. ; 24 cm


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crankylibrarian Oct 24, 2011

What if Barack Obama were the African American adoptee of a white Jewish family? Goff, a political analyst and journalist constructs a slightly farcical but all too realistic behind-the-scenes look at the scheming, the scandals, and the sacrifices involved in the campaign to make Luke Cooper the first African American Jewish president.

Goff is not a terrific stylist, and the huge multiracial cast of characters sometimes overburdens the story, but she paints a sympathetic portrait of Cooper's squabbling, yet devoted family and friends, and their ultimate loyalty to the man they truly believe in.


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