Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

2020-05-25 11:19 #0 by: Evelina

What if Hillary hadn’t married Bill Clinton? I started listening to Rodham yesterday. I was really intrigued by the above question. I am still on Chapter 1, which focuses on Hillary and Bill’s budding romance in the 1970s. It is a bit awkward but I read in a review that will pass as it moves into a more fictional story. The beginning sets the historical facts around Hillary’s early adulthood which is familiar to me as a reader, but it feels strange to hear the dialogue and sex scenes between Hillary and Bill when they were first dating. 😂 Maybe it comes off more strange because I am listening to it as an audiobook.
2020-05-28 10:56 #1 by: Niklas

I remember reading about them in Newsweek at the beginning of the 90s. Probably when he was a presidential candidate the first time. She was portrayed as the smarter and more ambitious of the two, and with a lot of political views. I think she even participated in protests.

2020-05-29 14:31 #2 by: Evelina

I just finished the book. The writing was not entirely captivating. In fact, at times it was a bit of bore but I still found aspects of it interesting. It is a thought provoking book as it plays out the dynamic of Hillary running for president as a woman, and in this alternate history, running against Bill Clinton. 

2020-06-01 08:53 #3 by: Niklas

Do you think it added to the fictional story that the main characters are real? I imagine it can be both a limitation and add spice to the story.


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