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Rodham
A Novel
By (author): Curtis Sittenfeld
9780399590917 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary May 19, 2020
$37.00 CAD
Active 6.37 x 9.55 x 1.46 in | 1.54 lb 432 pages Random House
From the New York Times bestselling author of American Wife and Eligible, a novel that imagines a deeply compelling what-might-have-been: What if Hillary Rodham hadn’t married Bill Clinton?

In 1971, Hillary Rodham is a young woman full of promise. Life magazine covered her Wellesley commencement speech, she’s attending Yale Law School, and she’s on the forefront of student activism and the women’s rights movement. Then she meets a fellow law student named Bill Clinton. A charismatic Southerner, Bill is already laying the groundwork for his political career. In each other, Hillary and Bill find a profound intellectual, emotional, and physical connection that neither has previously experienced.

In the real world, Hillary followed Bill back to Arkansas, and he proposed several times. Although she turned him down more than once, she eventually accepted and became Hillary Clinton.

But in Curtis Sittenfeld’s powerfully imagined tour de force of fiction, Hillary follows a different path. Listening to her doubts about the prospective marriage, she endures a devastating break-up and leaves Arkansas. Over the next four decades, she blazes her own trail—one that unfolds in public as well as in private, that crosses paths again (and again) with Bill Clinton, that raises questions about the trade-offs all of us must make to build a life.

Brilliantly weaving actual historical events into a riveting fictional tale, Sittenfeld delivers an uncannily astute story for our times. In exploring the loneliness, moral ambivalence, and iron determination that characterize the quest for political power, as well as both the exhilaration and painful compromises demanded of female ambition in a world still mostly run by men, Rodham is a singular and unforgettable novel.

BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Each of Sittenfeld’s five novels have been bestsellers, and her most recent novel, Eligible, debuted at #5 on the New York Times hardcover list.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM: Sittenfeld has been called a “master storyteller” (The Washington Post) and “a master at dissecting social norms” (The Millions).

A REESE WITHERSPOON FAVORITE: Sittenfeld’s most recent book, You Think It, I’ll Say It, was a Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book Pick and has been optioned by Witherspoon’s production company for a TV series.

HIGH-CONCEPT PREMISE: Hillary Clinton in a fictionalized form, drawing the attention of her many supporters.

LITERARY CRED: As the author of American Wife, Curtis has already earned readers’ trust for her ability to step inside the skin of a public figure.

Curtis Sittenfeld is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Prep, The Man of My Dreams, American Wife, Sisterland, and Eligible and the story collection You Think It, I’ll Say It, which have been translated into thirty languages. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Washington Post Magazine, Esquire, and The Best American Short Stories. Her nonfiction has been published widely, including in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Time, and Vanity Fair, and broadcast on public radio’s This American Life. A native of Cincinnati, she currently lives with her family in Minneapolis.

Author Residence: Minneapolis, MN

Author Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

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Author Website: www.curtissittenfeld.com/

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“[Curtis] Sittenfeld’s Rodham descends like an avenging angel. Here, in the pages of this alternate history about Hillary Rodham Clinton, is the story not of “What Happened” but of “What Could Have Happened.” This isn’t just fiction as fantasy; it’s fiction as therapy.”The Washington Post

[A] moving, morally suggestive, technically brilliant book that made me think more than any other in recent memory about the aims and limits of fiction…By fanning out alternate narratives…[Rodham] asks us to imagine a different world…. And from there, what a short —excruciating, hopeful—leap it is to: Everything could be different.”—NPR

“Sittenfeld at her best.”The Wall Street Journal

“Gritty, gripping.”Chicago Tribune

“Deviously clever…[Rodham] doesn’t have an overt political agenda; it’s less concerned with lionizing or vilifying Hillary than with complicating our notions of her. Sittenfeld’s Hillary is both a player in the Game of Thrones and a romance novel heroine…. She’s whoever she wants to be.”O: The Oprah Magazine

“Delectably discussable, a book tailor-made for book clubs.”USA Today

“A stay-up-all-night plot…a captivating and durable story containing rooms within rooms. Rodham turns into a high-speed bildungsroman about a woman of formidable intellect and self-insight…. It’s both an enticement and a challenge.” —Los Angeles Times

“A wild, witty, provocative mishmash of history, real and imagined.”People

“Sittenfeld movingly captures Hillary’s awareness of her transformation into a complicated public figure…. Often funny, mostly sympathetic, and always sharp.”Publishers Weekly
 
“Daring, seductive, and provocative…[an] exhilaratingly trenchant, funny, and affecting tale…Sittenfeld orchestrates a gloriously cathartic antidote to the actual struggles women presidential candidates face in a caustically divided America.”Booklist
 
“It’s enjoyable to hear [this Hilary] think about her own desires, her strengths and weaknesses, her vulnerabilities and self-justifications; it’s also fun to see how familiar events would still occur under different circumstances.”Kirkus Reviews

“Startlingly good…Sittenfeld is one of my favorite writers.”—Kate Atkinson, author of Big Sky

“Rodham is a provocative, bitingly funny re-imagining of what a woman’s life could be if she didn’t need to compromise her own ambitions in support of her partner’s. Sittenfeld has written a nuanced, astute portrait of one of modern history’s most contentious figures, and never shies away from either the thornier aspects of her character, or those of our society.”Refinery29

“Rodham is the ultimate what-could-have-been story.”HelloGiggles

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