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Sep 15, Mmars rated it liked it. And, yes, I detested much about Charlie. Instead of treating Charlie like a caricature, she writes their relationship sympathetically.

American Wife

Aug 12, Candy rated it it was amazing. I wonder if this would be a better book if it were completely fictional? And Charlie adores her and remains loyal until the end. Curris strength of this story comes from the first-person narration by Alice and the way the story is told.

Her father passed a young age. Curtis Sittenfeld is a wonderful writer. So in trying siittenfeld understand her better, she wrote a fictional retelling of her life, and I thought she just nailed it on the head. Then it turned uglier with each further insight into GW’s pretend sex life.

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld – review – Telegraph

Everyone knows that this story was loosely based on that of Laura Bush. Want to Read saving…. This intimate and detailed portrayal of Laura’s alter-ego, Alice Lindgren, is sympathetic, light-footed and convincing. On the surface her work is unassuming: Ultimately, two things turned me off of this novel.

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Suttenfeld it means it’s some milquetoast bullshit that tries to use little words to great effect, little sound, little fury, little signifying. She is no less strong because she is quiet.

But most of all, Sittenfeld teaches us to respect complexity. Quotes from American Wife. The first half disappointed me. There was so much rumination, explanation, summary, etc.

The novel itself is well-written, and quite a page turner. Despite being a Democrat, Alice finds herself falling for him and the two engaged in a whirlwind romance before getting engaged after just six weeks.

Review: American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld | Books | The Guardian

The well-drawn characters defy caricatures of a conniving presidential idiot and his meek, silent The life of former First Lady Laura Bush might not sound like promising material, but this fictional autobiography delights.

American Wife is outrageous not in a good way. Her father has a job at the bank, her mother is the perfect housewife, and her grandmother is an eccentric intellectual.

She is an only child who lives with her mother, father, and grandmother. How complicit has she been in the trajectory of her own life? But the problem with that is that I could only picture their faces, despite her numerous comments about how good looking Charlie was.

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From it’s charged release during last year’s Republican National Convention, the book has been criticized by many, mostly Republicans, as being salacious and untrue – two charges Sittenfeld herself agrees with. Orange Prize Nominee for Fiction Longlist And as the central character, Alice, began to grow into a hugely likeable and deeply flawed friend, I became even more sure that Alice could not possibly have anything to do with any living or former First Lady.

One of the best books I’ve read this year. Sittenfeld gives so much insight curtos Alice Blackwell, and when you, as the reader, understand in such a close and detailed way what sitetnfeld is thinking and how she is feeling, it’s nearly impossible not to be as sympathetic as the author. But, ultimately, even her grandest gestures, and her most private, at a potentially pivotal point in her life, brought her right back to the status quo, to towing the line for her husband’s administration and leadership.