Slate is serializing a new novella by Curtis Sittenfeld on the theme of Barack Obama’s inauguration. The novella, titled “All Along, This Was What Was Supposed To Happen,” tells the story of a Philadelphia woman and her aunt traveling to Washington for the inauguration. The first part ran yesterday; the second, today, with three more forthcoming.
Sittenfeld had a big hit a few years ago with her first novel, Prep, and her new book, American Wife, a thinly fictionalized novel about Laura Bush, has been getting a lot of attention. I’m eager to read it, and in the meantime I’m enjoying the novella on Slate. I like Sittenfeld’s boldness and ambition, and I admire her ability to use straightforward, casually elegant prose in order to bring characters to life on the page.