American Wife (Paperback)Curtis Sittenfeld (author)
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
Number of pages: 656
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 38 mm
'A quietly riveting parable... thought-provoking, entertaining and full of subtle reflections on class and marriage' - The Daily Mail
'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' - The Daily Mirror
'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' - The Guardian
'My favourite book of the year' - Kate Atkinson
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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
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!
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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