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Edwards scandal a boon for McInerney

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A 20-year-old book could shed some light on the political scandal du jour.

Alison Poole, the promiscuous party girl protagonist in Jay McInerney's 1988 novel Story of My Life was apparently inspired by Rielle Hunter, the woman at the center of the John Edwards sleaze-o-rama. And now the book is getting hurried back on to bookstore shelves by Random House imprint Vintage Books, according to the Associated Press.

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Apparently McInerney met Hunter -- then known as Lisa Druck -- when she was an aspiring actress in New York City.

Former Democratic presidential candidate and current U.S. senator Edwards finally admitted to an affair with Hunter after months of speculation -- based on a National Enquirer report -- that Edwards fathered a child with Hunter. The two met when Hunter produced videos for Edwards as he prepared to launch his presidential race. Edwards has denied paternity of the child, a daughter.

As of Monday afternoon, ''Story of My Life'' was No. 470 on Amazon.com's best-seller list and was out of stock.

McInerney, 53, is best known for the million-selling Bright Lights, Big City.

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