There has already been much hubbub over O: A Presidential Novel, the book that mysteriously appeared on Amazon earlier this month, and about which little is known other than it’s unlikely to have anything to do with this or this. On the Amazon product page, the author is listed as “Anonymous,” leading a few political prognosticators to think that it would be something akin to the 1996 Clinton-in-all-but-name novel Primary Colors, except about President Barack Obama. Now the publisher has released a cover image and a little more information: For one, the events depicted will take place in the future.
According to Simon & Schuster, it is “a novel about aspiration and delusion, set during the presidential election of 2012 and written by an anonymous author who has spent years observing politics and the fraught relationship between public image and self-regard” and the author has “has been in the room with Barack Obama and wishes to remain anonymous.” So straight off the bat it doesn’t appear that it will be as much of a straight political roman á clef as a speculative work of semi-fiction, albeit one that will center around the current president. And it will undoubtedly set pundits pondering for at least a little while as to the identity of the author. O: A Presidential Novel is set to release on January 25.