Raw, adjective: 7. brutally or grossly frank: a raw portrayal of human passions.

Have you read anything about Curtis Sittenfeld's new novel, American Wife?

It's a charmer of a conceit and the press has been dishy thus far.  Sittenfeld has structured a work of "fiction" loosely inspired by the life of Laura Bush, published just last week in the middle of the Republican National Convention.  Her novel strikes me as a fascinating read - an imagined look into the mind of a woman standing by the most hated man in the world, a kindly librarian type with her own share of skeletons in the closet.  And if you've ever wondered what a sex life involving Dubya might look like, well, here's your chance to explore that one.  (!!!)

There've been some good little pieces published in the last week or so.  Read last week's NYT interview with Sittenfeld, and then hop on over to Salon, where Rebecca Traister has a new interview with her, as well.  
Then pick up the book.  It seems like a creative personalization of an otherwise untouchably removed figure.  And the timing couldn't be better.


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