"O" no! Anonymous novel flops in first week sales.
An anonymously written novel about the Obama administration and the 2012 campaign apparently holds little appeal for Beltway readers.
“O: A Presidential Novel” makes its feeble debut at number 23 on our hardcover fiction list for Washington area sales. (James Patterson’s latest, “Tick Tock,” occupies the top spot.)
“O” was a dud on other bestseller lists, too. It failed to make The New York Times's top 35 hardcover fiction list. And USA Today reports “O” didn’t even chart on its list of the nation’s top 400 best selling books.
"O" sold only 2,000 copies nationwide, according Nielsen BookScan.
The tepid to downright cold reviews of “O” couldn’t have helped its sales. It’s not “as bad as you feared” wrote our fiction editor, Ron Charles. The New York Times was less kind, calling it “trite, implausible and decidedly unfunny.”
Last month, Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin reported that John McCain’s former close friend and political adviser Mark Salter was the author.
| February 3, 2011; 11:53 AM ET
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