'The Idea of Him' Beats the Actual Him


Though Peterson rarely speaks of her upbringing, Bennetts says she’s uniquely qualified to write about the uber-wealthy, calling her a “member of the 1% -- actually she’s a member of the 0.1% of the 1% -- and she has a bird’s eye view of the social, financial, political and sexual mores of the elite.”

Bennetts described Peterson as “the ultimate romantic,” and notes that passion, in terms of romantic and sexual attraction, is a big theme in both “The Manny,” Peterson's first bestselling novel, and “The Idea of Him.” The title of the latest book has lots of resonance, according to Bennetts.

Many women marry somebody because they like “the idea of him” – he’s good on paper, he has the right looks or background or profession – and they lose sight of what they really see in the person, Bennetts says.

Peterson was a contributing editor for Newsweek, an editor-at-large for Talk magazine and an Emmy Award–winning producer for ABC News, where she spent more than a decade covering global politics. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, Talk, The Daily Beast, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and numerous other publications.

“The Idea of Him” is on sale today.

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