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This ‘biographical fictional’ tale of Laura Bush started out five stars, but finally fell flat in the last third of the book. She was serious and thoughtful, and he would rather crack a joke than offer a real insight; he was the wealthy son of a bastion family of the Republican party, and she was a school librarian and registered Democrat. Jul 22, Sheryl Sorrentino rated it it was amazing. There was so much rumination, explanation, summary, etc. Alice Laura Bush started out as a strong protagonist, but ended up a pathetic whiner claiming noble victim status, trying very hard to be a heroine, but alas, did not make it americah my opinion.

Like her debut novel PrepAmerican Wife is a lesson in passivity. Open Preview See a Problem? For this reason it deserves the lowest rating possible.

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

So this is a peculiar hybrid, an entry that hustles itself into the slaughterhouse of fiction, as Moretti calls it, but which is so interesting for that reason: Oct 04, Liz rated it liked it Shelves: I could barely endure the main character’s laundry list of complaints and regrets about her role as first lady.

Not that the book is a hatchet job – far from it. I was debating between 4 and 5 stars but settled on 4, only because it goes off the rails slightly when Alice becomes First Lady in the last section of the book and she makes some questionable choices that I don’t believe Laura Bush would EVER make. Want to Read saving…. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I would have gladly read another or pages describing this period – and, except for cases where I feel the end has been rushed, I rarely feel that books should be longer than they are.


American Wife

He is a bawdy, self-aggrandizing F-up, and yet, like Alice, I found myself being drawn to his potency and charisma in spite of myself. When the subject is married to a good-time Charlie Charlie Blackwell in this case from a prominent political family, who purchased a Major League baseball team, served as a Republican curttis, then won a contested election to become a two-term President.

Bush sittenfed be among the worst American Wife is the best thing I have read in a very long time.

But it raises some intriguing ideas. As for the quality of the book, I found it too long and there were lots of descriptions of clothing or rooms or car interiors that fell flat sittenfled me.

The creepy part of that is she modeled Alice after Laura Bush, flagrantly so, and I’m left feeling it’s all unfair somehow.

She plausibly fills in the gaps of Alice’s life that seem like they fit the Laura Bush narrative, and Sittenfeld gets the little details right.

As Alice learns to make her way amid the clannish energy and smug confidence of the Curtks family, sittrnfeld the strange rituals of their country club and summer estate, she remains uneasy with her newfound good fortune.

It was like being brought up short: I’ve always enjoyed historical fiction. One of the best books I’ve read this year. The strength of this story comes from the first-person narration by Alice and the way the story is told. If she had managed to write that, and leave out her obvious bias for Laura Bush and against President Bush – she might have ameican in writing something thought provoking and brave.


As it turns out, it was a pretty good book, at least the first three quarters.

Early on, I noticed some similarities between Alice Blackwell and view spoiler [Laura Bush hide spoiler ]but it took me nearly about half the book to realize that these were more than mere coincidences.

I’ve given high praise to authors who seem americn to “resurrect” actual historical figures and infuse life into them by placing them in dynamic relationships and creating a voice with conversations.

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Sittenfeld reverses a typical biography or fake biography structure by focusing most on the early years of Alice and then her courtship and early marriage. That’s what the SAT has done to us.

Instead of treating Charlie like a caricature, she writes their relationship sympathetically. She is no less strong because she is quiet. 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. Her self-relfection and explanations were thin, sityenfeld to me sounded more like justifications.

Oh, plus I love how the word “zaftig” stands out like an SAT word in the pallid writing.

I am in the camp that considers George W. So in trying to understand her better, she wrote a fictional retelling of her life, and I thought she just nailed it on the head. It is about principles. Comfortable in her quiet and unassuming life, she felt inured to his charms.