'Laura Bush' No Conservative in New Novel

Character has an abortion, describes sex with future president
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2008 4:44 PM CDT
In this photo released by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, U.S. first lady Laura Bush drinks Japanese tea.   (AP Photo/Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, HO)
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(Newser) – In a new book unlikely to top the presidential reading list, author Curtis Sittenfeld fictionalizes the story of Laura Bush. Radar got a sneak peek and calls the novel "a masterful highbrow-lowbrow mash-up." The narrator is a librarian who falls in love with a future president upon seeing his crotch, undergoes an abortion, and has steamy sex with the brother of her high school sweetheart (who dies in a car crash she causes).

The narrator’s reaction upon discovering her grandmother is a lesbian: “Approaching the nearer vase, I pushed aside the greens and then I vomited—hideously, pungently, gloriously—into the vase's depths.”