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  • Published: 19 May 2020
  • ISBN: 9780857526137
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $32.99

Rodham

What if Hillary hadn’t married Bill?




What if Hillary hadn't married Bill? The sensational long-awaited new novel by the acclaimed bestselling author of American Wife.

WHAT IF HILLARY RODHAM HAD TURNED DOWN BILL CLINTON'S PROPOSAL OF MARRIAGE?

'Awfully opinionated for a girl' is what they call Hillary as she grows up in her Chicago suburb. Smart, diligent, and a bit plain, that's the general consensus. Then Hillary goes to college, and her star rises. At Yale Law School, she continues to be a leader- and catches the eye of driven, handsome and charismatic Bill. But when he asks her to marry him, Hillary gives him a firm No.

The rest, as they say, isn't history. How might things have turned out for them, for America, for the world itself, if Hillary Rodham had really turned down Bill Clinton?

With her sharp but always compassionate eye, Sittenfeld explores the loneliness, moral ambivalence and iron determination that characterise the quest for high office, as well as the painful compromises demanded of female ambition in a world ruled by men. Uncannily astute and witty in the telling, RODHAM is a brilliant reimagining - an unmissable literary landmark and truly a novel of our times.

  • Published: 19 May 2020
  • ISBN: 9780857526137
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld pulls no punches in her scathing and hilarious indictments of the American middle classes. Her Sunday Times bestselling novel American Wife was longlisted for the Orange Prize, as was her debut novel Prep. Her other books include TheMan of My Dreams, Sisterland, Eligible, the acclaimed short story collection You Think It, I’ll Say It and her latest novel Rodham. Her stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Oprah Magazine and the New York Times magazine. Sittenfeld is also the guest editor for the 2020 Best American Short Stories anthology. She lives with her family in the American Mid-West. Follow her on Twitter @CSittenfeld

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Praise for Rodham

This addictive novel is the SLIDING DOORS of American politics. Gripping

STYLIST

A lot of fun. A wonderful, sad dream of what might have happened

GUARDIAN

An explosive new book

GRAZIA

Sittenfeld's RODHAM offers the catharsis of uncomplicated regret

THE NEW YORKER

While telling a compelling story, RODHAM provides an insightful analysis of the function of sexim in our political discourse. Sittenfeld is at her wittiest when recreating the men who dominate American politics

WASHINGTON POST

A nauseating, moving, morally suggestive, technically brilliant book that made me think more than any in recent memory about the aims and limits of fiction

NPR

Hugely enjoyable

WALL STREET JOURNAL

This isn't just fiction as fantasy, this is fiction as therapy. A serious work of literary fiction designed to rally the spirits of liberal readers

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

'An ingenious yet plausible glimpse of an alternative reality, and so involving that it occasionally comes as a shock to realise that there is a different reality, and we are living in it'

THE SPECTATOR

'By tilting history on its side, Sittenfeld makes Hillary seem a fresh character and remarkably sympathetic'

EVENING STANDARD

'RODHAM explores the mysterious territory between the inner and outer lives of a person who has long been a source of fascination, adulation and loathing'

FINANCIAL TIMES

'Getting inside a living person's head sounds like a colossally bad idea, but Sittenfeld makes it convincing here, just as she did with a character based on First Lady Laura Bush in her 2008 novel, AMERICAN WIFE'

BBC CULTURE

Deviously clever . . . Sittenfeld's Hillary is both a player in the Game of Thrones and a romance novel heroine. She's a brilliant badass who has found her voice and knows how to use it. She's whoever she wants to be

THE OPRAH MAGAZINE

As Hillary finds her groove, so the momentum and entertainment builds, as does your admiration for how ingeniously and plausibly Sittenfeld has re-written the script

DAILY MAIL

A counterfactual novel ... throbs with energy

TLS

A fascinating glimpse into an alternative future

DAILY MIRROR

Pacy... plenty of sex and gossip - and a cameo from a certain yellow-haired, orange-faced president-to-be... ripe for TV adaptation

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

A brilliantly smart re-imagining

WOMAN AND HOME

Sittenfeld's writing is so fine, her characters so vivid, her empathy so profound that she manages to absorb the reader on a level that transcends partisanship. In 2020, that was a remarkable achievement and an enormous gift to her readers

THE NEW YORKER

It ends up being a love letter to a type: the female intellectual, who is given none of the licence of her less talented male peers. At the end, i found myself saying Oh My God

OBSERVER

A triumphant feminist reinvention. Sittenfeld is the bard of presidential female adjacents

VOGUE

RODHAM is wide- ranging political anthropology, concerned not so much with what makes Hillary tick as it is with the culture around her and how she might have shaped events, and been shaped by them, if the pieces of reality's jigsaw were rearranged just so. It's stippled with clever mischief

NEW YORK TIMES

A smartly structured character study and 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.

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

It's the genius of Sittenfeld's prose that we come to understand this ambivalence,as well as the deep conflicts in this complicated character. In the longing and loneliness, the anger as well as ambition, this Hillary makes RODHAM a compelling portrait of a future that might have been.

THE BOSTON GLOBE

Tantalizing . . . part thought experiment, part wish- fulfillment fantasy . . . delectably discussable, a book tailor- made for book clubs.

USA TODAY

Wildly compelling . . . What RODHAM is interested in is examining what feminine ambition looks like when it is untethered from a man. . . . Sittenfeld is free to invent, and the reality she builds is deliciously dishy.

VOX

Thought-provoking and compelling

SUNDAY EXPRESS

A moving feat of feminist and novelistic imagination

THE TABLET

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