JENNIFER CLOSE is the bestselling author of Girls in White Dresses and The Smart One. Born and raised on the North Shore of Chicago, she is a graduate of Boston College and received her MFA in fiction writing from The New School in 2005. She worked in New York in magazines for many years. She now lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches creative writing at George Washington University.
A Mother Jones Best Book of the Year "Hilarious. . . . A pleasure to read. . . . [Close] has a light, precise touch about the way a young marriage works when the partners are caught between old ideals and new realities." --Ron Charles, The Washington Post "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." --Meredith Turits, Elle "I couldn't put down this juicy novel, which is all about what striving to make it in politics does to relationships." --Megan Angelo, Glamour "Captivating. . . . Close, whose husband worked on Obama's campaign, uses her knowledge of this world--and her experience as an outsider--expertly. Beth's conversational narration feels like peering into the diary of someone who shares your deepest insecurities." --Isabella Biedenharn, Entertainment Weekly "New York newlyweds head to D.C. to--what else?--chase their dreams. Actually, just Matt's dreams. His wife, Beth, isn't all that impressed by the surrounding political haughtiness until she meets another couple, Jimmy and Ash. The Hopefuls will make you rethink inviting your best married friends over for dinner." --Marie Claire "A much lighter, funnier version of House of Cards--imagine the jealousy and ambition of the Underwoods married with the humor of a sitcom like New Girl with its focus on friendships and playing at adulthood." --Lauren Stacks, Chicago Review of Books The Hopefulscaptures everything we love to hate about Washington A hilarious gripefest Here, finally, is a novel witty enough to match your secret loathing and tenderhearted enough to make you realize how much you love this damned cesspool after all [The] winking humor and especially the real affection between Beth and Matt makeThe Hopefulsa pleasure to read [Close] has a light, precise touch about the way a young marriage works when the partners are caught between old ideals and new realities But the real heart ofThe Hopefulsis the tension between idealism and cynicism inherent to politics... A welcome mixture of humor and wisdom about the good people who run this country or, for some reason, want to. Ron Charles, The Washington Post The author ofGirls in White Dressesdelivers her latest novel about a couple navigating the political ladder in D.C. Inspired by Close's own experiences moving to Washington for her husband's work on the Obama campaign, The Hopefulsis 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. Meredith Turits, Elle I couldn t put down this juicy novel, which is all about what striving to make it in politics does to relationships. Megan Angelo, Glamour Jennifer Close s fresh, smart, realistic portrayal of two young Washington couples is a must read forHouse of Cardsjunkies . [D.C.] almost functions as a fifth character in the book, with its own quirks and dynamics and idiosyncrasies. Kimmery Martin, The Huffington Post [A] hilarious send up of the very social strata [Close] and her husband orbit. Turns out Washington can laugh at itself, especially when an insider is lobbing the hilarious insults. Plus, Close is an official fan of the District now, and expertly positionedto throw stones. Helena Andrews-Dyer, The Washington Post A roman a clef that has D.C. laughing. Jane Ciabattari, LitHub A much lighter, funnier version ofHouse of Cards imagine the jealousy and ambition of the Underwoods married with the humor of a sitcom likeNew Girlwith its focus on friendships and playing at adulthood. Lauren Stacks, Chicago Review of Books Close s novel carries a deceptively light tone. Yes, it s a comedy, and yes, it s a relationship novel, but it s so timely and so wonderfully realized thatThe Hopefulsisn tjustthose things. It s too good too important to be relegated as a work of genre. The Hopefulscaptures the competition and ambition of today s political environment, and that tension builds as the novel progresses. Close writes with a heightened awareness of how rooted the very nature of political struggle is within our very national identity. Bradley Sides, Electric Literature Captivating Close, whose husband worked onObama s campaign, uses her knowledgeof this world and her experience as anoutsider expertly.Beth s conversationalnarration feels like peering into the diary ofsomeone who shares your deepest insecurities. Isabella Biedenharn, Entertainment Weekly Entertain(s) with keenly observed inner-circle perspectives and shrewd insight into how personal politics can become. Michael Magras, BookPage New York newlyweds head to D.C. to what else? chase their dreams. Actually, just Matt s dreams. His wife, Beth, isn t all that impressed by the surrounding political haughtiness until she meets another couple, Jimmy and Ash. The Hopefuls will make you rethink inviting your best married friends over for dinner. Marie Claire 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. Stephanie Turza, Booklist (STARRED review) If you love and missThe West Wing, this is one book you llwant 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. Shewrites honestly and convincingly about those aspects of marriage and friendship, too. Claire Handscombe, BookRiot 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 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 From the Hardcover edition." Praise for "The Smart One" "Close's gift as a writer is her spare but delicious prose and unflinching way of describing her characters." "--The Globe and Mail" "Bouncy and gossamer light." "--Toronto Star" "Wit and vibrant characters make "The Smart One" an engaging exploration of a thoroughly modern family dynamic." "--People" "I want to be friends with all of the narrators of this addictive novel."" --Glamour""