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  • Published: 19 May 2020
  • ISBN: 9780857526120
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $45.00
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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.

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTELLER

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

‘Startlingly good. One of my favourite writers.’ KATE ATKINSON
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‘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.

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

'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

'An explosive new book' GRAZIA

‘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

‘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

'Sittenfeld's RODHAM offers the cartharsis of uncomplicated regret' NEW YORKER

'A nauseating, moving, morally suggestive, technically brilliant book that made me think more than any in recent memory' NPR

'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' O: THE OPRAH MAGAZINE

  • Pub date: 19 May 2020
  • ISBN: 9780857526120
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $45.00

About the Author

Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld's new novel is Rodham. She is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller American Wife, in which she painted a picture of an ordinary American girl – a thinly-disguised Laura Bush - who found herself married to a President. It was longlisted for the Orange Prize, as was her debut novel Prep. Her other books are Man of My Dreams, Sisterland (a Richard & Judy Book Club pick), Eligible, and the acclaimed short story collection You Think It, I’ll Say It. Her books are translated into 30 languages. She lives with her family in the American Mid-West.

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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

“Gleefully abandons biographical analysis for thought experimentation”

TIME

“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

“Her ear is attuned to inconvenient truths and double standards, particularly misogyny in America. She specialises in awkward encounters and surprise shifts in power”

THE NEW STATESMAN

“‘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


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