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American Wife (2009)

de Curtis Sittenfeld

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On what might become one of the most significant days in her husband's presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the strange and unlikely path that has led her to the White House--and the repercussions of a life lived, as she puts it, "almost in opposition to itself." How can she both love and fundamentally disagree with her husband? How complicit has she been in the trajectory of her own life? What should she do when her private beliefs run against her public persona?--From publisher description.… (més)
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This extended monologue puts us inside the head of a fictionalized Laura Bush. Perhaps overly long, but an interesting study of a woman's gradual realization and acceptance of her fatal flaws. ( )
  JackieCraven | May 23, 2024 |
Well, I read it. I finished it. And I'm not as entirely entranced by it as the many reviewers quoted on the book's cover. The cover is part of the problem. It reveals that our heroine, a bookish only child born into a completely ordinary family, becomes in due course, America's First Lady. Laura Bush in fact, though this account is in no way an attempt at a bigraphy. I really wish I hadn't known, as it hugely spoilt my enjoyment of the first sections of this 4 part book. Each section deals with a different decade or so of Alice's life. A horrible accident defines her later teenage years; a successful professional career, though a less successful personal life her late twenties, and so on. She goes on to describe her unlikely marriage to a man that it's quite astonishing to realise eventually becomes the president of the US.

The characters are believable, the depiction of day -to-day family and working life too. 500 pages in, I'm getting slightly bored at the unremitting detail (who cares about pizza toppings?)but at the same time, it fills out our understanding of Alice and her world. We can sympathise in the end with her compromises, her moral dilemmas..... and above all be glad that finally, after 630 pages, the book finally comes to an end. ( )
  Margaret09 | Apr 15, 2024 |
Fictional biography of Laura Bush. Well written, keeps your interest.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
I absolutely loved this. It was so interesting and readable that I barely put it down once I started it. Admittedly, I've always been curious about Laura Bush, so this book was as satisfying as a major dish session with a friend who's gone through a lot that you missed. I know it's fiction, but it felt so true (so confessional!) even while I knew it's probably miles and miles from reality. My hat is off to Curtis Sittenfeld. Girl can write. Now I must go read Prep. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
Pretty surprised I even picked this up, but I have to say that I loved it. Great writing. I did lose interest when they ended up in the White House, but before that, I couldn't put it down. ( )
  nogomu | Oct 19, 2023 |
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Sittenfeld, author of Prep, has written an intelligent, bighearted novel about a controversial political dynasty. It's also the summer's most delicious read, a book you can guzzle like a cold, creamy milk shake.

 
“American Wife” is most engaging in its early chapters, when Alice Lindgren isn’t yet Alice Blackwell but an insecure young woman, haunted by the memory of the beautiful boy she’d accidentally killed as a girl yet dedicated to teaching and to a life defined by books. After she meets Charlie Blackwell and becomes his helpmeet, her independence swallowed up in his ambition, Alice seems to lose definition and, especially in the novel’s final, weakest section, titled “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” to become a generic figure of celebrity proffering bromides to an adulatory public.
 
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On what might become one of the most significant days in her husband's presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the strange and unlikely path that has led her to the White House--and the repercussions of a life lived, as she puts it, "almost in opposition to itself." How can she both love and fundamentally disagree with her husband? How complicit has she been in the trajectory of her own life? What should she do when her private beliefs run against her public persona?--From publisher description.

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