The First Affair

The First Affair

A Novel

Book - 2013
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A woman recounts her summer internship at the White House during which she engaged in an affair with the president of the United States that, when exposed, destroyed her and the presidency and tries to make sense of her actions and the trauma it wrought for the world and for herself.

Simon and Schuster
Jamie McAlister has resigned herself to the fact that in this job market, her painfully expensive degree might only get her a position at Starbucks, when she suddenly lands a prestigious internship at the White House. Although she doesn’t hit it off with the other interns—lockjaws who come from so much money that ten weeks without a paycheck doesn’t faze them—she is eager to work hard and make the best of the opportunity while it lasts.

An unexpected encounter late one evening with the charismatic President Gregory Rutland seems like just a fleeting flirtation, but when he orchestrates clandestine meetings and late-night phone calls, their relationship quickly escalates. Jamie knows what she is doing is wrong: he’s married, he has kids, he’s the President. Yet each time she tries to extricate herself, Greg pulls her back in.

With the conflicted desires of the most powerful man in the world driving her to her breaking point, Jamie can’t help but divulge intimate details to those closest to her. But she must have confided in the wrong person, because she soon finds herself, and everyone she cares about, facing calculated public destruction at the hands of Greg’s political enemies, and—perhaps no matter how much he cares about her—at the hands of Greg himself.
The #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Nanny Diaries return with “a convincing portrait of a damaged young woman whose head is turned by the attentions of a dashing and powerful political figure.…An utterly absorbing page-turner” (Booklist).

I was twenty-two years old only three weeks out of college.
I thought my whole life was beginning...then he kissed me.


Jamie McAlister has resigned herself to the fact that in this job market, her painfully expensive degree might only get her a position at Starbucks, when she suddenly lands a prestigious internship at the White House. Although she doesn’t hit it off with the other interns—who come from so much money that ten weeks without a paycheck doesn’t faze them—she is eager to work hard and make the best of the opportunity while it lasts.

An unexpected encounter late one evening with the charismatic President Gregory Rutland seems like just a fleeting flirtation, but when he orchestrates clandestine meetings and late-night phone calls, their relationship quickly escalates. Jamie knows what she is doing is wrong: he’s married, he has kids, he’s the President. Yet each time she tries to extricate herself, Greg pulls her back in.

With the conflicted desires of the most powerful man in the world driving her to her breaking point, Jamie can’t help but divulge intimate details to those closest to her. But she must have confided in the wrong person, because she soon finds herself, and everyone she cares about, facing calculated public destruction at the hands of Greg’s political enemies, and—perhaps no matter how much he cares about her—at the hands of Greg himself.

Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2013
Edition: First Atria books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451643442
9781451643428
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCLAUGHLIN 2013
Characteristics: 239 pages cm

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Ellie1970
Sep 15, 2015

Nothing original about this story....just pick up a newspaper in the Clinton era...it's all a veiled attempt at Monica Lewinsky's story...Disappointing since they're other novels where much better. Skip it...and read some other book.

Cynthia_N Apr 29, 2015

A good story but not a lot of depth.

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Liselara
Mar 03, 2014

This is a thinly veiled story on Monica Lewinsky and the events that happened in the mid-1990's when Lewinsky, a young intern at the time, had an affair with then US president Bill Clinton. These two writers border on plagirism and this is no page turner (like they adverstise on the cover), rather, it's a sad attempt to cash in on someone else's trauma and life altering mistakes. However, what it does showcase is how willingly some of our youth delve into these affairs without ever thinking it through and for that reason, I'd recommend it to college students who will inevitably fall in love with a mentor, professor or internship manager.

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