American Wife: A Novel

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Random House, 2009 - Fiction - 568 pages
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A kind, bookish only child born in the 1940s, Alice Lindgren has no idea that she will one day end up in the White House, married to the president. In her small Wisconsin hometown, she learns the virtues of politeness, but a tragic accident when she is seventeen shatters her identity and changes the trajectory of her life. More than a decade later, when the charismatic son of a powerful Republican family sweeps her off her feet, she is surprised to find herself admitted into a world of privilege. And when her husband unexpectedly becomes governor and then president, she discovers that she is married to a man she both loves and fundamentally disagrees with - and that her private beliefs increasingly run against her public persona. As her husband's presidency enters its second term, Alice must confront contradictions years in the making and face questions nearly impossible to answer.
 

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User Review  - JosephKing6602 - LibraryThing

Very clever book. Great stoytelling and characterizations. The backdrop of the real-life story line was not overdone; and you really came to care bout the 'first-lady' wife and her personal insights and struggles. Even though it was 'chick-lit' (LOL), I would highly recommend it. Read full review

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Book on CD performed by Kimberly Farr From the book jacket On what might have been one of the most significant days in her husband’s presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the strange and unlikely path ... Read full review

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Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of The Man of My Dreams and Prep, which was chosen by The New York Times as one of the Ten Best Books of 2005. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Salon, Allure, Glamour, and on public radio's This American Life. Her books are being translated into twenty-five languages. www.curtissittenfeld.com


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