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The Hopefuls

Best-selling author and Boston College alumna Jennifer Close tells a story about ambition and marriage in her new novel, The Hopefuls (Knopf, 2016). Husband and wife Matt and Beth, newcomers to Washington, D.C., befriend a charismatic White House staffer named Jimmy, and his wife, Ashleigh. Soon the couples’ friendship—and Beth’s relationship with Matt—is threatened by jealousy, competition, and rumors. Close also is the author of Girls in White Dresses and The Smart One. Read an interview with Close in Entertainment Weekly. | Washington Post book review