Curtis Sittenfeld, the author of two best-selling books, Prep and The Man of My Dreams, is about to release a very controversial book called American Wife. It's a thinly veiled novel based on Laura Bush's life that is sure to send the White House into a fury. American Wife tells the story of Alice Blackwell, a quiet librarian whose husband Charlie becomes the, um... intellectually challenged president of the United States. It is being marketed as a fictional examination of the life of the First Lady that mixes real facts and incidents from her life with an author's wild imaginings and sometimes sexually charged prose. Says RadarOnline.com, "The result is a masterful highbrow-lowbrow mash-up that satisfies as ass-kicking literary fiction and juicy gossip simultaneously."
On the gossip side, Sittenfeld uses Alice Blackwell to titillate: discovering that her grandmother is a lesbian, killing her high school crush with her car at age 16 (This incident is based in fact. Laura Bush was involved in a fatal car accident at that age), having sex with the future leader of the free world's brother, getting an abortion, and descriptions of sex with the president. Sittenfeld already has tongues wagging from coast to coast.
While we want to stress that American Wife is a work of fiction, we know that there are those of you who can't wait until the book's imminent release to read a description of the "George W. Bush" character's penis. That's why we are giving away free advance readers of American Wife to the first five folks who post a comment.
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