Imagine a world where Hillary Clinton won the 2016 United States Presidential Election and that she didn’t marry Bill Clinton. Well this is what Curtis Sittenfield does in her book Rodham.
Rodham starts with Hillary giving her graduation speech at her Wellesley graduation – where it makes the news as she goes rogue, giving the reader an early idea on what her personality is like. There it takes us through her time at Yale – where she met Bill Clinton. Then when she moved to Arkansas for Bill and became a lecturer at a University many felt was beneath her, how her and Bill went their separate ways through her love interests that came after and finally through her presidential campaign as she runs for president.
It is hard to remember that this is a reimagining of Hillary’s life. I was so engrossed that I almost forgot that she did lose the presidential election, getting lost in what was real and what isn’t. There are still a lot of things I want to google to see if they are true or not.
Unsurprisingly, there are many feminine themes explored throughout – Hilary – at times seem constantly alone in not having children or getting married, even mocking those housewives that stayed at home baking cookies. She is seen as been aloof and alienating because she is strong willed – a woman making her way through a mans world.
The book is an adventure through an alternative version of Hillary’s life and I for one really enjoyed it.
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