The First Affair is a chicklit novel by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, that utilizes the premise that a sitting American President could have an affair with a young post-grad university White House intern. Shocking, appalling, not possible you say; well not so improbable as we pull out our history books and look up Lewinsky, Monica and Clinton, William Jefferson.
This is a tale that tightly follows the trail of the famous affair and the subsequent court battles that had around the clock coverage on CNN and world news outlets in the mid 1990’s.
The lead characters Jamie McAllister and Pres. Greg Rutland, are not all that well disguised, but if the memories have faded, take a quick trip to Wikipedia and “Lewinsky Scandal” will give you the background you will need. What makes this novel different from the news casts and tabloids is that it deals with are the personal dilema’s that were not part of the Lewinsky scandal. The First Affair deals with the daily life experience of how a girl such a Jamie McAllister would have felt and acted though out the spectrum of such a high profile affair. The plotline examines how a 22 year-old can be utterly foolish, when attracted to a powerful older man.
Jamie has just graduated from University and has obtained an internship at the White House. She is a middle class girl with student loans and a family with its own issues and past problems. Lucking out to get free accommodation in Washington she takes up her internship at the White House and makes fresh connections, some that turn out to be faux friends and another President Greg Rutland powerful aphrodisiacs. Who to trust becomes a key issue and in the end well let’s just say CNN and Wolf Blitzer takes over the storyline and we the reader are pulled back to the public side of the tale.
The book itself is written by two authors and there are portions where that is quite obvious. The editors appears to have not recognized the need to blend their two tempo and phrasing styles.
The action pace quickens as the McAllister/Rutland affair becomes public. Secret Service, revelations and a fast paced ending all work well. The epilogue to the story perhaps leaves the reader with too much detail but it is all fantasy anyway and an easy commute or beach read. This is not great literature but you will want to hang in to the end.
Publication Date: Aug. 27, 2013
Follow-up Info on Lewisky/Clinton affair.