As we approach the most important election this country has ever held, to say things are politically charged would be a gross understatement. I’m sure I’m not alone in that I feel torn between the need to stay informed on all things political and the desire to hide under the covers, pretending it’s not happening. Because, let’s be real, I am legitimately terrified at the possibility of he-who-must-not-be-named being re-elected.
So, what does this have to do with a book review about a lighthearted novel?
Well, this read struck a balance similar to the one I’m trying to find in real life. Campaign Widows by Aimee Agresti follows several different characters in Washington, D.C. during a presidential race, giving me that political fire that I was seeking. But, it highlights all of the soap-opera-worthy drama that comes with it—like illicit affairs, work faux pas and unlikely alliances.
This is the perfect beach read for these dog days of summer, especially as we enter the most high stress autumn we may have ever seen.
All that to say…it’s a much-needed reprieve from real life.