New Curtis Sittenfeld novel will imagine Hillary Clinton’s life without Bill

As-yet untitled novel will tell the story of Hillary Rodham and her life after she turns down marriage proposal from Bill Clinton once and for all

Curtis Sittenfeld has signed a book deal to write a novel about Hillary Clinton that will imagine how the former secretary of states life would have panned out if she had not married Bill Clinton.

According to publisher Random House, the as-yet-untitled novel is told from the point of view of Hillary Rodham, in which (as she did in real life) she turns down marriage proposals from Bill Clinton, then ultimately turns him down once and for all, and how her life spins out from there.

A spokeswoman for the publisher said the book would be out in 2019. The novel is part of a three-book deal for Sittenfeld.

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May 8, 2017

Sittenfeld has form when it comes to writing about the lives of former first ladies. In 2008 she penned the acclaimed and bestselling novel American Wife, a fictionalised account of the life of Laura Bush.

News of Sittenfelds new novel comes after it was announced that Bill Clinton was writing a political thriller with James Patterson. The President is Missing is due out in 2018.

Meanwhile Hillary Clinton is writing her own collection of essays that will reflect on her life and the presidential election. The book will include quotations she has used to get through battles with political opponents including Donald Trump, the media, her husbands high-profile sex scandals. It is due in out September from Simon & Schuster.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/09/new-curtis-sittenfeld-novel-will-imagine-hillary-clintons-life-without-bill