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ISBN13: 9781400064755
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Marilynn Raatz, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by Marilynn Raatz)
The best part is the details. I was so sad when it was over. I didn't want it to end.
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Kentucky Fan, January 23, 2012 (view all comments by Kentucky Fan)
Although this book was published in 2008, I just got around to reading it and it had a profound effect on me. I don't remember it causing much furor, but it borrows so much from what we've heard and speculate about Laura Bush's life that we wonder if all of it could be true. Regardless of its references to "real people", and no matter what one's politics are, it is a powerful study of the inner life of a reluctant public figure and the inner workings of a marriage. I think reading it made me more compassionate toward both public figures and married people!

I also loved Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep. She has amazing insights into her subjects and I think all adolescent girls and their moms could get a lot of perspective on the pressures of that age group from reading it.
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Sittenfeld, Curtis
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Presidents' spouses -- United States.
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Product details 576 pages Random House - English 9781400064755 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sittenfeld tracks, in her uneven third novel, the life of bookish, nave Alice Lindgren and the trajectory that lands her in the White House as first lady. Charlie Blackwell, her boyishly charming rake of a husband, whose background of Ivy League privilege, penchant for booze and partying, contempt for the news and habit of making flubs when speaking off the cuff, bears more than a passing resemblance to the current president (though the Blackwells hail from Wisconsin, not Texas). Sittenfeld shines early in her portrayal of Alice's coming-of-age in Riley, Wis., living with her parents and her mildly eccentric grandmother. A car accident in her teens results in the death of her first crush, which haunts Alice even as she later falls for Charlie and becomes overwhelmed by his family's private summer compound and exclusive country club membership. Once the author leaves the realm of pure fiction, however, and has the first couple deal with his being ostracized as a president who favors an increasingly unpopular war, the book quickly loses its panache and sputters to a weak conclusion that doesn't live up to the fine storytelling that precedes it. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[As] if making the Bush-like couple entirely sympathetic is not enough of a feat in itself, [Sittenfeld] also provides many rich insights into the emotional ebb and flow of a long-term marriage."
"Review" by , "Curtis Sittenfeld is an amazing writer, and American Wife is a brave and moving novel about the intersection of private and public life in America. Ambitious and humble at the same time, Sittenfeld refuses to trivialize or simplify people, whether real or imagined."
"Review" by , "What a remarkable (and brave) thing: a compassionate, illuminating, and beautifully rendered portrait of a fictional Republican first lady with a life and husband very much like our actual Republican first lady's. Curtis Sittenfeld has written a novel as impressive as it is improbable."
"Review" by , "[A] remarkable piece of work, nuanced and persuasive as a portrait of a decent woman navigating her contradictions and the buffetings of fate....Sittenfeld is terrific at anatomizing the ways of large, rich families like the Blackwells..."
"Review" by , "There is a lot of melodrama, but Sittenfeld's understated style works well to bring home Alice's loss of innocence."
"Review" by , "As a career move, American Wife is brilliant, with its timely, sensational back story. If it goes on at too great length for some of us, well, so does the administration it depicts, many critics would contend."
"Review" by , "Ms. Sittenfeld deftly captures Alice's uneasy assimilation into the Blackwell clan's boisterous, upper-class life...and she proves equally adept at evoking the daily texture of their early married life."
"Synopsis" by , The New York Times-bestselling author of Prep returns with her most ambitious novel yet — the epic and intimate story of an ordinary woman thrust into extraordinary circumstances when she becomes first lady.
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