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Curtis Sittenfeld

Biography

Curtis Sittenfeld

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 30 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."

Curtis Sittenfeld

Books by Curtis Sittenfeld

by Curtis Sittenfeld - Fiction, Women's Fiction

In 1972, law students Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton meet on the campus of Yale University. In each other, they find a profound intellectual, emotional and physical connection that neither has previously experienced. In the real world, Hillary followed Bill back to Arkansas, and eventually they married. But in Curtis Sittenfeld’s novel, 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.

by Curtis Sittenfeld - Fiction, Short Stories

Throughout the 10 stories in her first collection of short fiction, Curtis Sittenfeld upends assumptions about class, relationships and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided. In “The World Has Many Butterflies,” married acquaintances play a strangely intimate game with devastating consequences. In “A Regular Couple,” a high-powered lawyer honeymooning with her husband is caught off guard by the appearance of the girl who tormented her in high school. And in “The Prairie Wife,” a suburban mother of two fantasizes about the downfall of an old friend whose wholesome lifestyle empire may or may not be built on a lie.

by Curtis Sittenfeld - Fiction

This version of the Bennet family --- and Mr. Darcy --- is one that you have and haven’t met before. Liz is a magazine writer in her late 30s who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help --- and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.

by Curtis Sittenfeld - Fiction

Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, were born with innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. When a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift. She is ultimately forced to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister and to face truths about herself she has long tried to deny.