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American Wife

A Novel

Sittenfeld, Curtis

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
American Wife
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400064755
1400064759
Branch Call Number: FICTION SITTENFEL 2008
Characteristics: 558 p. ;,24 cm

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Jun 16, 2013
  • tealdawg rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sittenfeld continually writes about seemingly weak women who aspire to be stronger. She's a gifted writer but I wish she'd paint women in a less demeaning way. She writes as though she lived through women's lib... but face it... she hasn't a clue.

Apr 10, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A very good read. I enjoyed this book. I would recommend this book for all to read.

Jul 11, 2012
  • helenhag1217 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Didn't care for this book. Writing felt stilted - or maybe that is just cadence of character. The "wife" of the title is so passive, I wanted to slap her & yell at her the "wake up!"

Nov 27, 2011
  • ColAlbers rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Curtis Sittenfield is a talented writer and very creative in her take on Laura Bush's life. I rated this book 3 and 1/2 stars for several reasons. One I thought Sittenfield did an excellent job creating vivid character story lines. However she seemed to let her descriptions go on and on. The book could have been cut at least hundred pages. The book was divided into four parts and this were the only chapter breaks. I found this tiring and often kept skimming to see how much I had left. My favorite part of the book was how Sittenfield included dozens of book titles from the different time periods of the protagonist's life. I am interested to read some of the books. I am sorry to say I had only read a couple. Over all I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

May 19, 2011
  • ksoles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My first read of 2010 was the latest novel by one of my favourite authors, Curtis Sittenfeld (of Prep and The Man of My Dreams). American Wife, which is based on the life of Laura Bush, represents a bit of a departure from Sittenfeld's usual style but still contains the elements of talented authorship: developed and personable characters, vividly descriptive settings and an intriguing plot.

Sittenfeld divides her novel into four sections: The protagonist, Alice, as a child-come-teenager whose life changes after a heart-breaking tragedy; Alice as a working, single woman who eventually meets the goofy but charming Charlie Blackwell; Alice as a stay-at-home mom frustrated by her husband's childishness and his alcoholism; and, finally, Alice as a reluctant First Lady in the throes of war in the Middle East.

I enjoyed the first two sections every bit as much as Sittenfeld's other works but I found the second half of the book disappointing. Old memories keep recurring and past hurts are rehashed; the narrative becomes "skimable" and it feels like the author is simply trying to fill space. I did appreciate the perspective on the "Blackwell" (read: Bush) government, though, as Alice, a registered Democrat, provides interesting insight on an administration in which she struggles to believe.

Dec 31, 2010
  • LyndsayM rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down.

The book is loosely based on the life of Laura Bush with a great storyline.

I highly recommend this book and will likely read it again in the future!

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Apr 11, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

Apr 10, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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Jul 11, 2012
  • helenhag1217 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 11, 2012
  • helenhag1217 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Fictionalized story of Laura Bush. Spans her life in a small town, through her marriage to tthe man who would be president of the United States.

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