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Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

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.

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MY REVIEW 

“You are awfully opinionated for a girl”

Rodham is a work of fiction, a what-if Hillary Rodham had not married Bill Clinton tale. An alternate reality.

It details their meeting and romance, but Hillary moves on. She had a life before Bill and this novel makes you wonder how different life would have been for her without Bill’s influence (damaging as it may have been at times).

There are plenty of humorous moments, such as Hillary’s cooking and I’ll never be able to look at Bill again without seeing the largest watermelon. It also tells of the drudgery of politics, the sheer determination it takes to carry on when all seem against you. 

A clever mix of facts, politics and fiction make this an engaging and entertaining read.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and an eARC of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

Purchase link : https://amzn.to/2ZG8KQT

 

About the Author:
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In addition to Rodham, Curtis Sittenfeld 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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