by Karin Tanabe 5 Feb 2013
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Meet Adrienne Brown, a twenty-eight-year-old Wellesley College grad who recently left her glamorous job at Town and Country for a spot at the Capitolist. Known simply as "The List" to Beltway insiders, it's the only media outlet in D.C. that's actually on the rise. Taking the job means accepting a painful pay cut, giving up perks like free Louboutins, and moving back in with her parents, but Adrienne is certain that her new position will be the making of her career. And it is - but not at all in the way that she expects.
The Capitolist runs at an insane pace: She's up at 5:00 in the morning, writing ten stories a day (sometimes on her Blackberry, often during her commute), and answering every email within three minutes. Just when it seems like the frenetic workload is going to break her, Adrienne stumbles upon a juicy political affair, involving a very public senator - and her most competitive colleague. Discovering that there's much more to the relationship than meets the eye, Adrienne realizes she's got the scoop of a lifetime. But should she go public with the story?
Inspired by Washington insider Karin Tanabe's experiences at Politico, The List is a riveting page-turner bursting with behind-the-scenes details about what happens when media and politics collide - all helmed by a hilarious and unforgettable new heroine.
"Starred Review. A smartly paced and dishy debut, part political thriller, part surprisingly sweet coming-of-age tale, and part timeless ode to dogged reporters with good instincts and guts of steel." - Publishers Weekly
"Appealing everything a die-hard chick-lit fan could want: plenty of fluff, sibling rivalry, deceit and intrigue, and a spunky heroine." - Kirkus
"The List is mandatory reading for anyone who wonders about the impact of new media on Washington's political culture. Tanabe has written a novel that is delicious fun and incredibly revealing about life at the intersection of politics and journalism." - Nicolle Wallace, New York Times bestselling author of Eighteen Acres
"A gorgeous book - I loved it. Funny, intriguing, and utterly unputdownable." - Penny Vincenzi internationally bestselling author of More Than You Know
"Karin Tanabe's energetic, humorous debut is narrated by a young reporter trying to prove herself by chasing the biggest story of the year. The List perfectly captures the frenetic, all-consuming pace of political reporting, with a healthy dose of scandal, glamour and intrigue thrown in. Think The Devil Wears Prada meets Capitol Hill." - Sarah Pekkanen, author of These Girls
"The List is a wonderfully witty insider's romp through Washington. Karin Tanabe has as sharp a tongue as she does an eye for detail, about everything from political scandal to office politics. And I thought New York was a tough town!" - Cristina Alger author of The Darlings
Karin Tanabe is a former Politico reporter whose writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Newsday, and The Washington Post. She has made frequent appearances as a celebrity and politics expert on television, including on Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, and CNN. She currently lives in Washington, D.C., and Dubai.