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May 16 2020
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Anybody who’s a friend is made up. But the details of Bill and Hillary’s first date are true.

The novelist Curtis Sittenfeld has written the autobiography of the woman who would have been Hillary Rodham — if she hadn’t married Bill Clinton. It’s detailed and well researched, but the first half is only true in parts; the second half is almost all false. And the intimate details of her relationship with Bill are fictional — the moment she grasps his white buttocks, for example, is entirely unsubstantiated.

“I have complicated feelings”, Sittenfeld says, “about the sex I chose to include. And I feel it makes the story.”

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