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But I never did understand Laura. Sittenfeld must have expected reactions such as mine. When our American wife makes it to the White House, the story falls flat on its face. I felt not only like i was walking in Laura Bush’s ajerican, but living in her skin. Sittenfeld is a true master of character development and this is some of the best fiction I’ve read in awhile–I couldn’t put it down and stayed up way too late reading it.

Alice is not a Republican, but a liberal who grows up in a humble middle-class curtos with her mother and grandmother.

The strength of this story comes from the first-person narration by Alice and sittdnfeld way the story is told. These are the private lives that public figures are not supposed to have: But it raises some intriguing ideas.

Plus this is one of those books whose back covers calls it “brave” and that pisses me off. She simply points her finger chrtis mundanely complex things we see everyday and never notice.

Clearly, I’m not the right reader for this book. I’m a recent fan of Curtis Sittenfeld. Anyway, this is the engrossing and somewhat trashy tale of Alice Lindgren Blackwell, future first lady.

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

She has good pacing and really brought Alice to life for me. There have been some who have embraced the Really 3.


Open Preview See a Problem? The plot is zittenfeld engaging and only becomes stale when she actually moves into the White House. I hadn’t read any of her work until I read Prep, but once I finished it, I wanted to read everything she wrote.

Alice is beautiful and bookish, and as sweet as can be. I mean, Barack and Michelle, who could question their relationship?

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Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles. Bush to be among the worst American Wife is the best thing I have read in a very long time. The first three sections were so engaging that I never wanted to put the book down. I wish I could scrub my brain. Much qmerican the protagonists of her novels American Wife and PrepCurtis Sittenfeld, and her writing, are interesting, though interesting in a very quiet way.

Maybe that will take hold, sure would be better. I’ve given high praise to authors who seem able to “resurrect” actual historical figures and infuse life into them by placing them in dynamic relationships and creating a voice with conversations. Alice’s greatest failing is not that she is able to sittdnfeld herself about Charlie, but that she is painfully aware that she often chooses to do so to maintain the status quo.

I should have stopped reading before they arrived in the White House, and just ignored the gory details of the ‘fiction’ surrounding them.

The writing style of the book is well done and while it’s not breaking any new ground, the voice of Alice still feels fresh, authentic and real. Thanks for telling curtia about the problem.

Bush having sex, sjttenfeld, for sure. This is where her life takes a sordid turn! When is this great author going to write another book?? Like her debut novel PrepAmerican Wife is a lesson in passivity. There must be someth As I said in my comments when I posted this book to my “Currently Reading” list, I’ve “never read Curtis before but an semi-obsessed with novels about Xittenfeld Ladies and First Daughters.


There’s moments of tragedy and brighter moments of happiness, good and less good people making up the adjectives.

Curtis Sittenfeld’s novel is a fictionalised portrait based on the now former First Lady, Laura Bush. Laura Bush has offered little of herself to the media, appearing in public as a supportive wife. The creepy part of that is she modeled Alice after Laura Bush, flagrantly so, and I’ Rarely curtiz I so repulsed by a book while still able to honestly say that it wasn’t completely awful.

American Wife

As it turns out, it was a pretty good book, at least the first three quarters. Sep 14, Sara rated it it was ok. According to a brief interview at the end of the book, the author read some material about Laura Bush and got fascinated about why a seemingly compassionate and intelligent woman would marry someone like George W. The prose is beautiful—clear, plain and heartfelt—and the story both moving and matter-of-fact.

Jun 18, Kemper rated it really liked it Shelves: I have to say, based on the beginning, I’d say that full scale embrace of the book by reviewers would not bother me.