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American Wife (2009)

por Curtis Sittenfeld

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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.… (mais)
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This book started out stronger than it ended. The main character seems very contained even during the interior monologues. Not sure that I buy the conclusion. ( )
  101ReasonsWhy | Jul 12, 2021 |
Adult fiction. Fictionalized account of the marriage of a woman whose life vaguely parallels (in very general ways) that of Laura Bush. Starts off ok--high school tragedy, troubled marriage, but ends in blah--here's the first lady, here are all the potential points of conflict between her ideas and her husband's political decisions, here is what she decides to do about it (not much). I'm not saying that she should have done anything differently, or that I necessarily would have acted differently, but as a novel it slumps. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Having read Sittenfeld's prior books, I was skeptical about this one but approached it anyway. I was apprehensive to say the least due to prior books as well as the "loosely based" on Laura Bush's life rumors I had been hearing. I'm glad I read it anyway. Very engaging, not predictable (in my opinion) and an overall good read.

Be forewarned: there are only 4 chapters in the whole 500 page book but there are some page breaks. For a chapter lover like me I found it easy to continue reading the book.

Give it a try even if you didn't like her previous work. ( )
  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |
I wanted to read this because I loved Rodham, and this book received so much acclaim when it came out. I didn’t think I’d want to read about a reinvention of Laura Bush, but in the past years my opinion about George Bush (and by extension Laura) has softened.

Anyway, this was much less juicy than Rodham, way more introspective. Maybe because there was no Bill Clinton or Donald Trump characters spicing things up! But both novels helped me see a very different perspective of a person I didn’t think I liked, and understand why a wife could love or respect that person.

Alice loves Charlie because he is fun. Funny and loving and brash. She feels lucky that he loves her, that she didn’t settle for a husband at 31. But she is aware of his faults - intellectual laziness, nasty temper. It seems like much of the time she just chooses not to think about his competence or lack of.

Usually I prefer more plot in my books, and this was very thoughtful at times. The contrast between the perceived life she could have had with Andrew Imhof, a sweet boy from high school (who died when she collided with his car). Would she have been happy living on a Wisconsin dairy farm? Or is she better/happier with Charlie and her discomfort as governors wife and First Lady? If she had remained a schoolteacher, she could have made an impact in people’s lives - a direct impact, that could have grown in size over time. As First Lady, she may have the ability to do more, and she wonders if she has done enough with the opportunities she has? How would she do more, given her dislike of the limelight, and the many areas where her beliefs differ from Charlie’s? ( )
  BeckiMarsh | Jan 10, 2021 |
American Wife is the autobiographical tale of a fictional First Lady. From modest beginnings in Wisconsin and a job she loves as an elementary school librarian, Alice surprises herself for falling for the charming but wastrel son of Wisconsin’s former governor. His alcoholism and general unreliability threaten to put an end to their marriage until he buys a baseball team, finds God and stops drinking. It will perhaps not surprise you to learn that he then becomes governor of Wisconsin and finally President of the USA, with his election following a knife-edge result in Florida. If this all sounds very familiar indeed, the author makes clear she was inspired by the life of Laura Bush but this is a much more personal and explicit account than any First Lady is likely to produce. It is also a novel rich in observations about family life, friendship, marriage, politics, money (and the relationship between them) and the changing mores of America from the 1950s. It is a literary page-turner, all the more gripping in the knowledge of the real-life backdrop.
  AAGP | Jun 30, 2020 |
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Sittenfeld, author of Prep, has written an intelligent, bighearted novel about a controversial political dynasty. It's also the summer's most delicious read, a book you can guzzle like a cold, creamy milk shake.

 
“American Wife” is most engaging in its early chapters, when Alice Lindgren isn’t yet Alice Blackwell but an insecure young woman, haunted by the memory of the beautiful boy she’d accidentally killed as a girl yet dedicated to teaching and to a life defined by books. After she meets Charlie Blackwell and becomes his helpmeet, her independence swallowed up in his ambition, Alice seems to lose definition and, especially in the novel’s final, weakest section, titled “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” to become a generic figure of celebrity proffering bromides to an adulatory public.
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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.

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