The Hopefuls

Publisher: Bond Street Books
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 D.C., a city of idealism, gossip, and complicated friendships among young Washington's aspiring elite. 

When Beth arrives in Washington, 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 brunch, birthdays, and long weekends away. But as Jimmy's star rises higher and higher, their 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.

READING GUIDE

1. Who are the “hopefuls” in the title?

2. In the Washington, DC, of the novel, most people are from elsewhere—away from home and family. How does this contribute to the intensity of their relationships?

3. On page 13, Matt tries to cheer up Beth about their move to DC: “ ‘We...
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PRAISE FOR

"New York Times bestseller Jennifer Close . . . does an impeccable job of presenting [Washington] with all its flaws and intrigue. . . . The backdrop of the Obama administration and modern-day politics in general makes the story even more compelling." —Marissa Stapley, The Globe and Mail

"Ambition, political power and charisma take center stage in Close's riveting page turner about two couples who meet in DC—and the toll one pair's success takes on the other." —Entertainment Weekly

"Breezy, quick and straightforward. . . . Close probes the allure of a promising candidate with insider's authority, and . . . delivers a fresh reflection on [Obama's] years in office, with Close's political observations lending a dimension that punches up the plot." —National Post

"The Hopefuls captures everything we love to hate about Washington. . . . A pleasure to read. . . . A welcome mixture of humor and wisdom about the good people who run this country—or, for some reason, want to." —The Washington Post

"A fascinating drama about relationships, loyalty, the price of aspirations and success, The Hopefuls will surely ensnare you into this world from page one—and hold you there, tightly, until the final word." —Refinery29
 
The author of Girls in White Dresses delivers her latest novel about a couple navigating the political ladder in DC. Inspired by Close's own experiences moving to Washington for her husband's work on the Obama campaign, The Hopefuls is blisteringly honest about the circus of American politics and Washington's exhausting culture of competition—one that that renders people outside of political circles virtually invisible." —Elle 

"[The Hopefuls] is a much lighter, funnier version of House of Cards—imagine the jealousy and ambitions of the Underwoods married with the humor of a sitcom like New Girl with its focus on friendships and playing at adulthood." —Chicago Review of Books

"Close lays the sacrifices and successes of a marriage bare with razor-sharp prose and keen wit. Fans of Lianne Moriarty's relatable heroines will adore fish-out-of-water Beth, while political junkies will appreciate an insider's view of a small campaign. With themes reminiscent of The Marriage Plot and perfectly suited for this year's political climate, The Hopefuls is unflinchingly honest and utterly compelling." —Booklist, starred review

"If you love and miss The West Wing, this is one book you'll want to pick up. Jennifer Close gets so many things about DC and its culture so very right. . . . She also knows political campaigns inside out—the bad and the ugly as well as the good. She writes honestly and convincingly about those aspects of marriage and friendship, too." —BookRiot