9780399590931
Rodham
In 1971, 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 more than once, she eventually, as we all know, 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 a devastating breakup with Bill 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, and that raises questions about the trade-offs all of us must make in building a life. Brilliantly weaving a riveting fictional tale into actual historical events, Sittenfeld delivers an uncannily astute and witty story for our times. In exploring the loneliness, moral ambivalence, and iron determination that characterize the quest for political power, as well as both the exhilaration and painful compromises demanded of female ambition in a world still mostly run by men, Rodham is a singular and unforgettable novel.
  • Publisher: Random House US
  • Publication date: 01/06/2021
  • ISBN: 9780399590931
  • Page extent: 464
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 204 mm x 133 mm
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