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Rodham [KINDLE] ✽ Rodham Author Curtis Sittenfeld – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk 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 Hil 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 Hillary Rodham is a young woman full of promise Life magazine has 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 And then she meets Bill Clinton A handsome charismatic southerner and fellow law student Bill is already planning his political career In each other the two 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 said no than once as we all know she eventually accepted and became Hillary Clinton But in Curtis Sittenfeld’s powerfully imagined tour de force of fiction Hillary takes a different road Feeling doubt about the prospective marriage she endures their devastating breakup and leaves Arkansas Over the next four decades she blazes her own trail—one that unfolds in public as well as in private that involves crossing paths again and again with Bill Clinton that raises uestions about the tradeoffs all of us must make in building a life Brilliantly weaving a riveting fictional tale into actual historical events Curtis Sittenfeld delivers an uncannily astute and witty story for our times In exploring the loneliness moral ambivalence and iron determination that characterize the uest for political power as well as both the exhilaration and painful compromises demanded of female ambition in a world still run mostly by men Rodham is a singular and unforgettable novel.

  • Hardcover
  • 421 pages
  • Rodham
  • Curtis Sittenfeld
  • English
  • 20 April 2016
  • 9780399590917

About the Author: Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of the new novel Eligible a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice due out April as well as the bestselling novels Sisterland American Wife Prep and The Man of My Dreams which have been translated into twenty five languages Curtis's writing has appeared in many publications including The Atlantic The New York Times Vanity Fair Time Slate Glamour.

10 thoughts on “Rodham

  1. Roxane Roxane says:

    I am a fan of Sittenfeld's work and loved her short story collection and American Wife so I looked forward to this alternate history of Hillary Clinton's life if she hadn't married Bill A lot works in this retelling I certainly believed her interpretation of an ambitious and self possessed Hillary Rodham The depth of the narrative impressed me It is uite different from American Wife which surprised me The only real barrier for me was how visible a public figure the actual Clinton is and as such it was hard to forget reality while engaged with this fiction

  2. Justin Tate Justin Tate says:

    Blew my saxophone An inspired stunningly poignant—yes even a little dirty—creative re imagining of what the Clintons are and what they could be in an alternate universe Funny—and eerie—to think how choosing a different path not marrying Bill might have resulted in major surprises and similarities to realityHighlights include sexually charged political innuendo between Bill and Hill in their college days a nude saxophone performance and delicious characterization of Bill as a self described “horny bastard” who can’t resist a “savory honeypot”Meanwhile Hillary is seen as a figure who largely gives up earthly delights in favor of pursuing her political mission The irony is that ambition looks great on men but makes her unlikableThe alternate reality aspect offers humor and wit for political junkies and history buffs to relish For example Bill’s timid wife gives a disastrous 60 Minutes performance in defense of his infidelity and Hillary thinks how she could have done it betterWhether you’ve followed Hillary through her entire career just binged her Hulu documentary or are vaguely aware of current affairs there’s plenty to enjoy from all sides of the political aisleAs for me my first vivid memory of Hillary Clinton was in 1998 I would have been eight at the time vaguely aware of the Lewinsky scandal though too young to know the meaning of sex Hillary was on TV—probably doing the infamous “vast right wing conspiracy” interview—and my mother spat with venom “she’s only defending him because she wants to be president”Previously busy playing with toys my ears perked to attention I remember two things happening First I was shocked to learn that a woman could be president As a third grader I memorized the names of presidents and consciously or unconsciously concluded that only men were allowed This new information literally blew my mind I had to ask my mother to confirm“Is it even legal for a girl to be president?”“Technically yes” Mom said “If she’s at least 35”The second thing was that I desperately wanted Hillary Clinton—whoever the hell that was—to be the first female president Whatever fierce determination this woman had if it was enough to piss off my mom it had to be goodAs I grew older my love for Hillary increased Learning about politics made me understand why someone might find her rehearsed responses ineffective and recognize the occasional poor word choice as political blunders but it still boggles my mind how many people actually hate her Democrats Millennials Those who never even slogged through wall to wall Clinton coverage Why?? How??The most bizarre thing I ever heard was a mom say she “wouldn’t want to leave her daughter alone with Hillary” Why?? Because she might be inspired?Sorry to tangent is it possible to talk about Hillary and not go on a tangent? but my point is that this fictional memoir does a superb job of showcasing Hillary as a human Someone who falls in love has sex makes mistakes regrets them tries to move on That said the book also helps those of us with rose colored glasses see her as a problematic figure in this reality and others The way the narrative toes that line is remarkableThis is not 400 pages of glorying Hillary and imagining a utopia where sexism is dead and women waltz into the White House It by no means blames Bill for all her problems We get plenty of harsh depictions of Hillary many of them deserved and sexism is in full swing With and without BillSince that fateful day in 2016 I’ve hypothesized that history will actually be kinder to Hillary as the first female candidate rather than the first female president Certainly it will be kinder to her than to you know who currently mucking things upBooks like this filled with creative energy deep reflection and most importantly a riveting imagination of what it’s like to be in Hillary’s shoes refuel my hopes that I’m correct Time will ultimately tell if her contribution to history is a small step for women or a giant leap but I remain confident that it’s the latter

  3. Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell says:

    I feel like this book is going to piss a lot of people off and I want in on that controversial action

  4. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    “When the Saints Go Marching On”🎶Did Hillary sacrifice her professional future being with Bill?Not in this fictional tale I love Curtis Sittenfeld’s books HUGE FAN“American Wife” was particularly outstanding But“Rodham”? Hm??? I read through the night finished this morningI gobbled this novel in one sitting Its kinda of creepyAndkinda thought provoking puzzling I don’t want to say too muchreaders will either choose this book because of being a fan of Hillary Clinton or a fan of Curtis Sittenfeld perhaps both Point is— choosing to read this book is very ‘self selective’ I don’t think any review positive or negative will influence a readers choiceSo I’ll leave one excerpt — and share — that for me— it wasn’t as spectacular as “American Wife”And not as much fun as other Sittenfeld books Personally I think I’d die if this book was written about me even as fictionBill says to Hillary “Your whole body is perfect and you have such a pretty face your eyes and lips and your skin I love playing with your hair and I love how you smell and how you move when we are in bed Isn’t it obvious I can’t keep my hands off you? I love your whole body I love all of you You’re brave and funny and hard working and you’re so goddamn smart but you know what? You’re beautiful too And there’s nothing about you that’s pathetic Nothing” The sex scenes just felt yucky as can be and not because I’m a prude or anything was particularly disgusting as far as sex scenes go —but the mixture of personal fiction and political fiction didn’t feel right in my heart Both played tricks on my mind with the truth thatfact is Bill Clinton was president And Hillary was his wife and First Lady Everything in this book is speculation I found it worked terrific in Stephen kings book 112263Butless so here Cheatin’ sleazy Bill and Hardball Hillary might hit just the right ‘fun notes’for many readersButPower hunger politics jokes to cover up our pain about the state of our country just felt old However I wouldn’t mind some watermelon 🍉 about now 3 stars good not great

  5. Toni Toni says:

    THIS is the reality the actual story all serious Hillary fans wanted maybe still want As Americans watch the news everyday and get that winsome look in their eyes they still think – if only Hillary was at the helmRead this while you are in isolation and lose yourself for a few hours or days You will not regret your mindful vacationCurtis takes us back to 1971 when Hillary was a top student at Wellesley and gave her renowned commencement speech Then on to Yale Law still involved in student activism and women’s rights she meets fellow student Bill Clinton from Arkansas Both he and Hillary were intelligent political and driven but he had that goofy southern charm that both annoyed and attracted herYes they dated and he won her over enough for her to move to Arkansas after their graduation Although Bill proposed several times Hillary always said no She had some doubts about Bill that would not let her marry him with a clear conscious They broke up and she moved back to Chicago Hillary built a solid life as a lawyer and professor eventually leading to local and state politics and then to the National stageBill calls her now and then to “keep in touch” and asks her to say “good things” about him to the press She never promises one way or the other but Bill keeps chattering on till they are saying goodbyes Hillary is focused always has been on what is ahead the goal she wants to attain She will let nothing stand in her way not even old boyfriendsIt has been said and I concur “Curtis weaves a fictional tale with actual historical events” paraphrasing mine Highly recommendMy last thought is the timing of this book is unfortunate 2017 would have been a better year Thank you Netgalley Penguin Random House and Curtis Sittenfeld Pub date May 19 2020

  6. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    Okay it was interesting creative extremely thought provoking and we have a skillful talented author on the board but hmmm I think this concept didn’t work for me I always loved “what if” based story lines opens to alternated realities and parallel universes What if we choose the other path what if we do the uite opposite thing and rethink our life choices how will be the conseuences? Will be happier wealthier healthier successful or will we live in regrets suffer from resentments depression? I think semi autobiography merges with fiction and some kind of retelling it may be a little confusing I respect the author’s challenging and truly provocative story line choice But two things bugged me First reading an alternative fictional life story of Hilary Rodham narrated by her was confusing because especially at the second part of the book which life changing sliding door moment later after Hilary says “no” to Bill for the third time and as the alternated life story begins I couldn’t connect with the character when I normally do with the characters who tell their story firsthand In my opinion third person narration would work better to approach the character from outside and give us opportunity to get a better objective non biased opinionOther thing was steamy let’s so called love making scenes If they were not fictional characters based on real life and it could possibly work fine with me but as you may imagine playing a sex tape of Bill and Hillary in your head wasn’t the most entertaining life experience and it is not healthy for your churning stomachs big yikesThe book’s feminist undertone and Hilary’s ambition and determination to find her place at the political jungle her struggles her self discovery to test her limitations were the favorite parts of the novel but long chapters about political campaign slowed down the pace and put the story into repetitive cycleOverall the book answers this uestion What if one of the most powerful first ladies in the world wouldn’t stay as the first lady and decide to be a leader Do you want to know what would happen you gotta read to know about it If I wouldn’t get so confused between fictional and real life characters this book could easily fix my expectations But I think autobiography meet fantasy fiction genre combination wasn’t my dreamy reading option

  7. Claire Reads Books Claire Reads Books says:

    I read Rodham some weeks ago and am of a few different minds about it because I think you can read this book three different ways first as a piece of mainstream fan fiction because that's exactly what it is; second as a character study of a woman whose public facing self is at this point a warped amalgamation of various projections; and lastly as an artifact of what I would call the period of national trauma following the 2016 electionIn the first aspect as a piece of fan fiction I actually think the first 12 to 23 of the book is surprisingly successful Kudos on AO3 although the HillaryBill smut might scar you As a character portrait and an exploration of the tension between Hillary's private and public selves this novel is competent but uninspired There's a flatness to Sittenfeld's Hillary that she's never uite able to flesh out and it only gets worse as the book goes on And in the final aspect as a broader kind of post 2016 social political commentary I think this book is pretty useless The ending in particular engages in some white feminist wishful thinking that has a lot to say about sexism but glosses over the resurgent nationalism racism and xenophobia that helped carry Trump to victory four years ago Even insidious is Sittenfeld's depiction of Trump as an unlikely Hillary surrogate yes really which plays into the dangerous notion that he's a mere clown who possesses no real ideology Most of the last 13 of this book is baffling at best and its feel good ending—which presents the idea of a woman in the White House as a kind of national redemption—rings terribly hollow in 2020

  8. Lily Herman Lily Herman says:

    Hear ye hear ye I've found what'll no doubt be one of the most polarizing books of the year and what I can only describe as a muuuuch darker and political version of Taylor Jenkins Reid's Maybe In Another Life mixed with a little bit of the TV show VeepThe second I heard of Rodham's impending publication it sent me down a bit of an existential crisis Do we really need or even truly want a fictionalized account of Hillary Clinton's life without Bill Clinton as her spouse? Does it even matter? Especially when there are so many other books that can and should be published?One thing can't be doubted Curtis Sittenfeld makes some incredibly deft and poignant remarks about modern womanhood and what it means to be a woman with ambition; I felt many of the struggles she described viscerally And Sittenfeld wasn't necessarily in the wish fulfillment business where Hillary would be a perfect person without Bill which was actually a relief But my other big abstract uestion is did we really need it to be Hillary Clinton to tell this story? There can be something unsettling about trying to fill in a lot of intimate gaps about a real life person no matter who that is and I'm still not sure how I feel about itLarger existential uestions aside I never uite got myself totally oriented with the writing itself Hillary's personality oscillates between being nonexistent and slightly wry and the chapter breakdowns were a little all over the place I also felt like the ending was pretty abrupt considering how much of a slow burn the rest of the book was I'm putting this one at 25 starsI don't think I'll ever get much of a handle on Rodham But maybe that's sort of the point

  9. Ron Charles Ron Charles says:

    In these Dark Ages of the Reign of Trump 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 for that majority of Americans who voted for Clinton in 2016 and are now sick and unemployed under the current calamitous administrationIt takes a village to create a demon and that tireless work has produced the extraordinary boogeywoman that is Clinton the conniving corrupt murderous senile pedophiliac money grubbing cookie hating email abusing harridan who terrifies Fox News commentators Indeed as the subject of thousands of wing nut conspiracies Clinton may already be the most fictionalized person in modern political historyBut “Rodham” is something of a rarity in American publishing The market has long featured highly partisan nonfiction books created exclusively for liberals or conservatives Trump disciples and detractors can spend their whole lives cuddled up with memoirs biographies exposés and rants that confirm their polarized convictions “Rodham” though is a high profile novel — not a parody or a joke book but a serious work of literary fiction — designed to rally the political spirits of liberal readersMore than a decade ago Sittenfeld published “American Wife” a thoughtful slightly melancholy To read the rest of this review go to The Washington Posthttpswwwwashingtonpostcomentert

  10. Lisa Lisa says:

    45 Rodham is not for everyone but I loved it If you dislike Hillary I don't recommend spending 417 pages with her Boldly and brilliantly Sittenfeld reimagines Hillary's life so well that going forward it will be hard for me to reconcile her actual life with the one in this novel Especially in the beginning it is jarring to be inside Hillary's head and bed And as she did in American Wife Sittenfeld pads the pages with mundane details Yet I was never bored I found this novel exhilarating

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