Politics is stranger than fiction

“Rodham” by Curtis Sittenfeld; Random House (432 pages; $28)———In her new novel “Rodham,” Minneapolis-based fiction writer Curtis Sittenfeld offers up a tantalizing premise: What would the past couple of decades of American politics have looked like if a young Hillary Rodham had turned down Bill Clinton’s marriage proposal in the early 1970s?It’s the kind of irresistible “what if?” scenario that’s been known to fuel many a freewheeling, late-night conversation among political junkies.What if Minnesota’s Hubert Humphrey had eked out a win over Richard Nixon in the 1968 presidential race? That w…

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