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Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of a novel, Prep, published by Picador, which was reviewed by Jessica Olin in the issue of 6 October. She lives in Philadelphia.

Sean Wilsey’s memoir

Curtis Sittenfeld, 1 December 2005

Sean Wilsey’s father, Al, was orphaned as a teenager, dropped out of college, and made a fortune in dairy, real estate and other business ventures. Over fifty when Sean was born, Al flew a helicopter, charmed women and inspired in his son an apparently unquenchable desire for approval. Sean’s mother, Pat, the daughter of poor Texan evangelical ministers, was a beautiful,...

Laura Bush’s Other Life

Elaine Showalter, 6 November 2008

Curtis Sittenfeld’s new novel, American Wife, based on the life of Laura Bush, and sympathetic to her political non-choices, has been getting attention alongside the self-exonerating...

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Curtis Sittenfeld’s ‘Prep’

Jessica Olin, 6 October 2005

Depictions of the American teenager are not exactly scarce. Over the last few years we’ve seen queen bees, mean girls, freaks, geeks and dorks of all kinds. What we have not seen is someone...

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