Could Hillary have been top dog if it weren’t for bonking Bill?

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Could Hillary have been top dog if it weren’t for bonking Bill?

Curtis Sittenfeld’s offering imagines what would have happened if Hillary Rodham Clinton hadn’t married

Dominic Cavendish

Curtis Sittenfeld has done it again: taken a famous American female political figure and spun a lengthy yarn from some of the key facts of her life.

American Wife (2008) was a name-making bestseller for the 44-year-old Cincinnati-born author, telling the fictionally recast story of Laura Bush and accentuating how haunted Dubya’s wife was by a teenage car crash that killed a close friend.

With Rodham: A Novel, the focus has shifted to the woman who preceded Bush as first lady, in her capacity as the wife of Bill Clinton. Except that in Sittenfeld’s radical, liberty-taking rendition of the life and times of Hillary C, the known sequence of events is put in the rubbish bin...

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