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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Close Narrator: Jorjeana Marie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9780735287266
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A brilliantly funny novel about ambition and marriage from the bestselling author of Girls in White Dresses, The Better Half tells the story of a young wife who follows her husband and his political dreams to DC, a city of idealism, gossip, and complicated friendships among young Washington’s aspiring elite.

When Beth arrives in Washington, DC, 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 DC and a blazingly honest portrait of a marriage, this is the finest work yet by one of our most beloved writers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Hopefuls is blisteringly honest about the circus of American politics and Washington’s exhausting culture of competition.”


  • 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
  • Entertain(s) with keenly observed inner-circle perspectives and shrewd insight into how personal politics can become. Michael Magras, BookPage
  • 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. Claire Handscombe, BookRiot
  • [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 positioned to 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 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
  • 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 that The Hopefuls isn’t just those things. It’s too good — too important — to be relegated as a work of genre. The Hopefuls captures 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
  • “Ambition, political power, and charisma take center stage in Close’s riveting page turner.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “[A] juicy novel…about what striving to make it in politics does to relationships.”


  • A hilarious gripefest…[and] a welcome mixture of humor and wisdom about the good people who run this country—or, for some reason, want to.”

    Washington Post

  • “A must read for House of Cards junkies.”

    Huffington Post

  • The Hopefuls will make you rethink inviting your best married friends over for dinner.”

    Marie Claire

  • “A fascinating drama about relationships, loyalty, the price of aspirations, and success.”


  • “Lays the sacrifices and successes of a marriage bare with razor-sharp prose and keen wit.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Narrator Jorjeana Marie’s lively performance and perfect pacing make this audiobook a compulsive listen…Listeners easily pick up on Beth’s conflicted feelings…In addition, Marie’s subtle yet effective accents and tonal modulations highlight the characters’ personalities, strengthening listeners’ connection to the story. With its vivid details of life in DC, this is a must-listen for an election year.”


  • A Library Journal Audio-in-Advance Pick for July 2016 
  • A July 2016 LibraryReads Pick
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About the Author
Author Jennifer Close

Jennifer Close is the author of Girls in White Dresses and The Smart One. 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 and then in Washington, DC, as a bookseller.

About the Narrator

Jorjeana Marie has worked extensively as an actress, comedian, writer, and audiobook narrator. Her narrations have earned her eleven Earphones Awards. As a stand-up comic, she often opens for renowned talents such as Louie Anderson, Richard Lewis, and Louis C.K.