Curtis Sittenfeld - Rodham

Thursday, June 17, 5:30pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes NY Times Bestselling author (& former St. Louisan)
Curtis Sittenfeld
who will celebrate the paperback release of her new book
on Facebook Live at 5:30pm CT on June 17th.
Sittenfeld will be in conversation with Left Bank Books Event Coordinator
Shane Mullen.
Grab a Happy Hour beverage and join us on our Facebook Live Page and order SIGNED copies of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!


About Rodham

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - From the author of American Wife and Eligible . . . He proposed. She said no. And it changed her life forever.

"A deviously clever what if."--O: The Oprah Magazine

"Immersive, escapist."--Good Morning America
"Ingenious."--The New York Times

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New Yorker - NPR - The Washington Post Marie Claire Cosmopolitan (UK) - Town & Country New York Post

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, as we all know, she eventually 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 their devastating breakup 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, that raises questions about the tradeoffs all of us must make in building a life.

Brilliantly weaving a riveting fictional tale into actual historical events, Curtis 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 run mostly by men, Rodham is a singular and unforgettable novel.

"Startlingly good . . . Sittenfeld is one of my favorite writers." --Kate Atkinson, author of Big Sky

"Rodham is a provocative, bitingly funny re-imagining of what a woman's life could be if she didn't need to compromise her own ambitions in support of her partner's. Sittenfeld has written a nuanced, astute portrait of one of modern history's most contentious figures, and never shies away from either the thornier aspects of her character, or those of our society." --Refinery29

"Rodham is the ultimate what-could-have-been story." --HelloGiggles


About our Speakers

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, of which she was the 2020 guest editor. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Time, and Vanity Fair, and on public radio's This American Life.

Shane Mullen is the events coordinator for Left Bank Books in St. Louis.


All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 5:30pm
Rodham: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399590931
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 1st, 2021

The Best American Short Stories 2020 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
By Curtis Sittenfeld (Editor), Heidi Pitlor (Editor)
ISBN: 9781328485373
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Mariner Books - November 3rd, 2020

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You Think It, I'll Say It: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525508700
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 5th, 2019

Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812980349
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 18th, 2017

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Sisterland: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812980332
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 6th, 2014

American Wife: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812975406
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 10th, 2009

Prep: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812972351
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 22nd, 2005