ONLINE EVENT: Curtis Sittenfeld - "Rodham: A Novel" w/ Amy Chozick
Curtis Sittenfeld, bestselling author of American Wife and Eligible, presents Rodham, a novel that imagines a deeply compelling what-might-have-been: What if Hillary Rodham hadn’t married Bill Clinton? Curtis will be in conversation with Amy Chozick, author of Chasing Hillary.
"I just finished a book that imagines a different story for Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton. It is fabulous. Starting with their meeting at Yale Law School in the 70s through Hillary’s illustrious political career, this story takes unexpected turns that make sense. Hillary seems like the Hillary we’ve come to know, but with a more human side. While some may wonder about the current of feminism, I applauded it, and actually found it read like a dream come true. Completely unpredictable, Sittenfeld’s Rodham will keep you reading." - Betty
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ABOUT THIS TENDER LAND
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, Hillary Rodham is a young woman full of promise. Life magazine 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. Then she meets a fellow law student named Bill Clinton. A charismatic Southerner, Bill is already laying the groundwork for his political career. In each other, Hillary and Bill 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 turned him down more than once, she eventually accepted and became Hillary Clinton.
But in Curtis Sittenfeld’s powerfully imagined tour de force of fiction, Hillary follows a different path. Listening to her doubts about the prospective marriage, she endures a devastating break-up and leaves Arkansas. Over the next four decades, she blazes her own trail—one that unfolds in public as well as in private, that crosses paths again (and again) with Bill Clinton, that raises questions about the trade-offs all of us must make to build a life.
Brilliantly weaving actual historical events into a riveting fictional tale, Sittenfeld delivers an uncannily astute 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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Curtis Sittenfeld is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Prep, The Man of My Dreams, American Wife, Sisterland, and Eligible and the story collection You Think It, I’ll Say It, which have been translated into thirty languages. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Washington Post Magazine, Esquire, and The Best American Short Stories. Her nonfiction has been published widely, including in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Time, and Vanity Fair, and broadcast on public radio’s This American Life. A native of Cincinnati, she currently lives with her family in Minneapolis.
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
Amy Chozick is a writer-at-large for the New York Times and executive producer and co-creator of the upcoming Netflix original series "The Girls on the Bus" inspired by her her memoir Chasing Hillary. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, she lives in New York and Los Angeles with her husband and son.