The GQ Candidate

by Kelli Goff


The GQ Candidate is a novel about the presidential campaign of an African-American politician with a mixed cultural background from the Midwest. You will expect to read this book and constantly be reminded of another African-American presidential politician, but trust me, you seldom will.


Luke Cooper, who was adopted and raised by a Jewish family is the current Governor of Michigan and his recent favorable national press convinces those around him that he’s ready to make a run for the White House. While the book is about the adjustments that Cooper and his family must make under the constant scrutiny that is a Presidential campaign, the real story to me was how it affects long-term friendships and the motives of extended family.


It was fun to read about the backroom machinations of a campaign, and all of the personal and profession decisions made, without having to read a boring history book.

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