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Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld


Curtis Sittenfeld

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Imprint: Doubleday
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication date: 19 May 2020
ISBN: 9780857526120

How might things have turned out for them, for America, for the world itself, if Hillary Rodham had really turned down Bill Clinton?

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4 stars out of 5
Alice O'Keeffe
6 Mar 2020

"'a stunning achievement'"

In Rodham, the veil is ripped away; written in the first person, this is the astonish- ingly intimate story of Hillary Rodham. Told in retrospect, it begins with Hillary remembering the first time she encountered Bill Clinton, at Yale Law School in 1970. She tells of their powerful connection, both intellectual and physical, but the novel diverges from real life at the point where, having moved to Arkansas to be with Bill after law school, she refuses his proposal of marriage. No spoilers here, but over the next four decades Hillary forges her own path and we see the private woman and her public life as Sittenfeld weaves real events seamlessly into her fictional tale. A stunning achievement.