Newsday Spain review of Madam President

Jun 21, 2017 by


Weaving history throughout the story, Hazelgrove opts for a book that follows no semblance of chronological order. In this way, he is able to present the story like a puzzle with each interlocking piece leading to the big picture. His total disregard for the order of events forces readers to engage in textualisation by constantly turning back to chapters to remind themselves where they are in terms of the past or present. While some readers found the structure disconcerting (there will always be people who prefer a clear time frame for a story) most readers did notice the structure and commented on its effectiveness. Madame President is not a perfect book. The author overdid the mention of Edith as president.

Hazelgrove paints a clear picture of both Edith and Woodrow Wilson capturing them as a fiction writer would by developing well-rounded characters whose faults are plain to see. It is a masterful blend of biography and history presented with a clearly defined theme.
Madam President

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