American Wife (Paperback)
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American Wife (Paperback)

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Published: 02/07/2009
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The author of Rodham paints a vivid, brilliantly credible portrait of a fictional First Lady and the life experiences that inform her challenging and turbulent time in the White House.

In the year 2000, in the closest election in American history, Alice Blackwell's husband becomes president of the United States.

Their time in the White House proves to be heady, tumultuous, and controversial. But it is Alice's own story - that of a kind, bookish, only child born in the 1940s Midwest who comes to inhabit a life of dizzying wealth and power - that is itself remarkable.

Alice candidly describes her small-town upbringing, and the tragedy that shaped her identity; she recalls her early adulthood as a librarian, and her surprising courtship with the man who swept her off her feet; she tells of the crisis that almost ended their marriage; and she confides the privileges and difficulties of being first lady, a role that is uniquely cloistered and public, secretive and exposed.

In Alice Blackwell, Curtis Sittenfeld has created her most dynamic and complex heroine yet. American Wife is not a novel about politics. It is a gorgeously written novel that weaves race, class, fate and wealth into a brilliant tapestry. It is a novel in which the unexpected becomes inevitable, and the pleasures and pain of intimacy and love are laid bare.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780552775540
Number of pages: 656
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 38 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Such an accomplished work of fiction... a thoughtful and compelling examination of the mechanics of family and marriage... Knowing and knowledgeable, yet also inventive and original, American Wife is a thrilling combination of history and surprises - Guardian

Superbly well-written - one of the most absorbing books of the year - Evening Standard

Thoroughly enjoyable. The plot is beautifully paced, the writing quick, clear, absorbing... A sweeping saga - The Times

A powerful, utterly compelling and strangely moving fictional account of a First Lady who bears more than a passing resemblance to Laura Bush - Daily Mirror

I was utterly absorbed in this story of a political marriage and a wife who has her own reasons. Curtis Sittenfeld has thrown a powerful light on small town America and its misunderstood values

My favourite book of the year - Kate Atkinson

A quietly riveting parable... thought-provoking, entertaining and full of subtle reflections on class and marriage - Daily Mail

A classic story, with a langorous pace and a fierce literary integrity... Sittenfeld has provided a plausible secret history of an American embarrassment - and a grand entertainment

American Wife is easily one of the best books written so far this century. It is honest, wonderful and smart as hell, the kind of book that you try to eke out to make it last as long as possible - Guardian

This is one of the finest American novels of 2008 - New Statesman

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

The scope and detail of American Wife are reminiscent of Richard Russo. Like Russo, she creates characters from the ground up, ancestry, neighborhood, culture and all... Her characters are carefully rendered and the story is well-constructed - Los Angeles Times

Vastly entertaining... It is an intelligent, well-crafted, psychologically astute novel - New York Sun

Weaves fate, family, marriage, wealth and power into an absorbing story - Mail on Sunday

Utterly brilliant

This engagingly candid First Lady is belssed with so many attractive qualities that her story grips from the very beginning. Full marks to Curtis Sittenfeld - Sunday Telegraph

Best book: I was on the beach in Croatia recently and it was the one book that quite a few women were lying there reading. It was surreal - Best

I truly can't believe what a great writer Sittenfeld is, she's fantastic - The Herald

A deft, funny and revealing story... This clever and convincing portrait of human frailty is a reminder that perhaps none of us is what we might seem. An honest and insightful story of a marriage, and a refreshing take on recent history - Psychologies

When people ask for book recommendations I often press Curtis Sittenfeld’s magnificent third novel, American Wife, into their hands. This loosely fictionalised life of former first lady Laura Bush has a rare and magical combination of accessibility, wit and serious thinking. - The Times

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“Read this book!”

This was a book I decided to read on a whim after hearing that it was based on the life of Laura Bush. I'm so glad that I did. I finished the book in just under 2 days, and struggled to put it down during that... More

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“Unputadownable”

A fantastic Journey from the 1960's to present day, an extraordinary insight into the life of a ordinary girl who will become a first lady. I did not want to finish this book!

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“American Wife”

I really enjoyed this book - its a great easy read. At the same time its quite sad that someone who is portrayed as quite an amazing woman ended up with the husband that she ended up with...

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