'' This addictive novel is the SLIDING DOORS of American politics. Gripping'' Stylist '' Startlingly good. One of my favourite writers'' KATE ATKINSON ---------------------- ''Awfully opinionated for a girl'' is what they call Hillary as she grows up in her Chicago suburb. Smart, diligent, and a bit plain, that''s the general consensus. Then Hillary goes to college, and her star rises. At yale Law School, she continues to be a leader - and catches the eye of driven, handsome and charismatic Bill. but when he asks her to marry him, Hillary gives him a firm, No. How might things have turned out for them, for America, for the world itself, if Hillary Rodham had really turned down Bill Clinton? With her sharp but always compassionate eye, Sittenfeld explores the loneliness, moral ambivalence and iron determination that characterise the quest for high office, as well as the painful compromises demanded of female ambition in a world ruled by men. _____________ ''A lot of fun. A wonderful sad dream of what might have happened'' Guardian '' It ends up being a love letter to a type: the female intellectual, who is given none of the licence of her less talented male peers. At the end, I found myself saying Oh My God'' Observer '' An explosive new book'' Grazia
A STUNNING NEW COLLECTION OF THREE STORIES BY THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF RODHAM AND AMERICAN WIFE 'Tearing apart contemporary American society one microscopic fibre at a time, Sittenfeld is up there in a league of her own' GUARDIAN 'Nobody else writes with such precison and amusement about the absolute inability of men and women to understand each other' RED MAGAZINE ____________________________________ Sittenfeld's wryly hilarious and insightful new collection, HELP YOURSELF, illuminates human experience and gracefully upends our assumptions about class and race, envy and disappointment, gender dynamics and celebrity.
Suburban friends fall out after a racist encounter at a birthday party is caught on video and posted on Facebook, leaving one woman unable to show her face at the school gates; an illustrious Manhattan film crew are victims of their own snobbery when they underestimate a pre-school teacher from the Mid-West; and a group of young writers fight about love and narrative style as they compete for a prestigious bursary.
Connecting each of these three stories is Sittenfeld's truthful yet merciless eye, as her characters stagger from awkwardness, to humiliation and, if they're lucky, to reconciliation. Full of tenderness and compassion, this dazzling collection celebrates our humanity in all its pettiness and glory.
Praise for CURTIS SITTENFELD:
'You won't want these stories to end' REESE WITHERSPOON 'Has a rare and magical combination of accessiblity, with and serious thinking' SUNDAY TIMES 'Perfect miniatures in deadpan prose' GUARDIAN 'Clear-eyed and compulsive' MAIL ON SUNDAY
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 hadnt married Bill Clinton?
Lee Fiora is a shy fourteen-year-old when she leaves small-town Indiana for a scholarship at Ault, an exclusive boarding school in Massachusetts. Her head is filled with images from the school brochure of handsome boys in sweaters leaning against old brick buildings, and girls running with lacrosse sticks across pristine athletics fields.
For identical twins, Kate and Violet are about as unlike as two peas from the same pod can be. Except in one respect - they share a hidden gift. But after Kate inadvertently reveals their secret when they are thirteen years old, their lives are set on diverging paths.
Twenty years later Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. Violet is single, and lives a much more flamboyant and eccentric existence. Then one day Violet ignites a media storm by predicting a major earthquake in the St Louis area where they live.
As the day Violet has announced for the earthquake draws nearer, Kate must attempt to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister, and to face truths about herself she has long tried to deny.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 SUNDAY TIMES EFG SHORT STORY AWARD: ''Do-Over'', one of the stories in this dazzling first collection by Curtis Sittenfeld. In ''The World Has Many Butterflies'', a married woman flirts with a man she meets at parties by playing You think it, I''ll say it , putting into words the bitchy things she guesses he''s thinking about their fellow guests. But she is in for a shock when, in time, she finds out what was really in his mind. ''The Nominee'' sees Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail, confessing her surprising true feelings about a woman journalist she has sparred with over the years. In ''Gender Studies'' , a visiting academic sleeps with her taxi driver, for what turns out to be all the wrong reasons. The theme that unites these stories is how even the cleverest people tend to misread others, and how much we all deceive ourselves. Sharp and tender, funny and wise, they show Sittenfeld''s knack for creating real, believable characters that spring off the page, while also skewering contemporary mores with brilliant dry wit.
A dazzling, smart and razor-sharp story collection by Curtis Sittenfeld, Sunday Times bestselling author of Eligible and American Wife.
The theme that unites these stories is how even the cleverest people tend to misread others, and how much we all deceive ourselves.
Sharp and tender, funny and wise, they show Sittenfeld's knack for creating real, believable characters that spring off the page, while also skewering contemporary mores with brilliant dry wit.
'DO-OVER', ONE OF THE STORIES IN THIS COLLECTION, WAS SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 SUNDAY TIMES EFG SHORT STORY AWARD.
Perdu au coeur du Massachusetts, Ault, prestigieux pensionnat privé, n'ouvre qu'à regret ses grilles aux nouveaux venus. Tout le gratin de la côte Est passe par ses bancs : ici les boursiers font figure de vilains petits canards.
Il y a un an, Lee Fiora, 14 ans, rêvassait sur la brochure de présentation. Aujourd'hui, elle intègre le vivier de l'élite américaine. Las, un campus n'est pas qu'un lieu, aussi idyllique soit-il, c'est un lieu peuplé. Et Lee ne tarde pas à se frotter à ses plus étonnants spécimens - fils à papa, coquettes écervelées, pestes kleptomanes. De loin, ce petit monde lui semble un hermétique panier de crabes, dont les codes lui échappent. Mais, le temps jouant pour elle, Lee intègre peu à peu cette microsociété. À mesure qu'elle découvre le savoir, l'amitié, les premiers émois amoureux, c'est elle-même qu'elle révèle.
At what point can you no longer blame your adult failures? Is settling for someone who's not your soul mate an act of maturity or an admission of defeat? And if you move to another state for a man who might not love you back, are you being brave, or pathetic? This novel offers an examination of personal choices that make us who we are.