My September column is up at PopMatters.

Stories by: Roxane Gay (JFK); Jeff VanderMeer (Jeb Bush); Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Melania Trump); George Saunders (Abraham Lincoln); Curtis Sittenfeld (Hillary Clinton.) These fictional works about the personal lives of American politicians’ (and a spouse, in one case) are well-crafted and show us unusual but highly believable aspects of their personalities.

Also, there’s an introductory section about why political fiction (in books, on screen, on stage) matters.

For desi friends: Those of you who follow Indian politics know that such fiction would not be possible in India without writers getting attacked physically or worse. That’s one thing I’m thankful for with respect to the western literary ecosystem: writers can write about the good, the bad, and the ugly about politics, religion, and other sensitive topics without fearing for their lives. Let’s hope that, someday, Indian writers will have the freedom to write as they choose about whomsoever they choose.

Read the whole selection at PopMatters.

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