Charlotte Walsh Likes To Win
I’m excited for this new release from one-half of the duo that wrote The Knockoff, and the solo author of the terrific nonfiction If Nuns Ruled the World. Charlotte Walsh is COO of one of the world’s fastest-growing companies, and then she decides to uproot her family from their California home to run for Senate in her home state of Pennsylvania. If she wins, she’ll be the first woman to hold that office. Her campaign quickly becomes a fight about her gender, and she’s not having it. Piazza has said she didn’t plan on writing this book, but real-life politics inspired her to write a novel about politics and media right away. The story is told through a variety of mediums—an Emily’s List endorsement, an MSNBC interview transcript, a twitter thread. Advance reviews say the ending is a doozy. I’m intrigued.
From Jo Piazza, the bestselling author of The Knock Off, How to Be Married, and Fitness Junkie, comes an exciting, insightful novel about what happens when a woman wants it all—political power, a happy marriage, and happiness—but isn’t sure just how much she’s willing to sacrifice to get it.
Charlotte Walsh is running for Senate in the most important race in the country during a midterm election that will decide the balance of power in Congress. Still reeling from a presidential election that shocked and divided the country and inspired by the chance to make a difference, she’s left behind her high-powered job in Silicon Valley and returned, with her husband Max and their three young daughters, to her downtrodden Pennsylvania hometown to run in the Rust Belt state.
Once the campaign gets underway, Charlotte is blindsided by just how dirty her opponent is willing to fight, how harshly she is judged by the press and her peers, and how exhausting it becomes to navigate a marriage with an increasingly ambivalent and often resentful husband. When the opposition uncovers a secret that could threaten not just her campaign but everything Charlotte holds dear, she has to decide just how badly she wants to win and at what cost.
A searing, suspenseful story of political ambition, marriage, class, sexual politics, and infidelity, Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win is an insightful portrait of what it takes for a woman to run for national office in America today. In a dramatic political moment like no other with more women running for office than ever before, Jo Piazza’s novel is timely, engrossing, and perfect for readers on both sides of the aisle.