New novel asks: What if Hillary had never married Bill Clinton?

Jocelyn McClurg
Hillary Clinton, here in New York on May 3, is the subject of Curtis Sittenfeld's new novel.

Curtis Sittenfeld, whose best-selling 2008 novel American Wife fictionalized the life of Laura Bush, is now turning her sharp eye to Hillary Clinton.

Penguin Random House announced Monday that Sittenfeld's untitled novel will be “told from the point of view of Hillary Rodham, in which she turns down marriage proposals from Bill Clinton (as she did in real life), then ultimately turns him down once and for all.” The book will imagine how Rodham’s “life spins out from there.”

Random House spokeswoman Theresa Zoro said the novel about the former first lady, Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate is not likely to hit stores before 2019.

Author Curtis Sittenfeld.

In American Wife, the character inspired by Bush, the former first lady, was called “Alice Blackwell.” The novel became popular among book clubs. Sittenfeld’s other best sellers include Prep and 2016’s Eligible, a modern take on Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice.

News of Sittenfeld's Hillary book comes, coincidentally, the same day publishers Knopf and Little, Brown jointly announced that former President Bill Clinton is teaming up with mega-selling author James Patterson on a book. The President Is Missing, a thriller set in the “highest corridors of power,” will be released in June 2018.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is writing a book, filled with quotations she has collected for decades, that will reflect on her life and the presidential election. It’s due in September from Simon & Schuster.