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Nicolle Wallace’s novel about White House: Eighteen Acres

August 9, 2010

Tucked inside Washington is a fenced-in, heavily guarded complex housing the president, the vice president and all their top aides. It is 18 acres of important turf and that is why Nicolle Wallace entitled her novel, “Eighteen Acres.” 

Nicolle is a Republican who was a top communications adviser to President George W. Bush and a senior campaign adviser to John McCain in 2008. She has drawn from those experiences to write a novel about three powerful women: the president, the White House chief of staff, and a White House correspondent. USA-POLITICS/

In the book, President Charlotte Kramer’s administration is at risk of imploding over rumors of her husband’s secret affair.

We spoke with Nicolle and she said writing the book was a great way to get the 2008 campaign out of her system.

“It’s my best attempt at a story that I hope people will pick up and read and enjoy and maybe feel like they’re getting to see what it’s really like in the White House in this entirely fictionarl story,” she said.

Photo credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder (Nicolle Wallace in middle listens as McCain speaks to reporters during 2008 campaign)

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