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American Wife: A Novel Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 2, 2008
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But, in view of the car accident which really did happen, it is hard not to ask oneself exactly what is invented and what is not. For example: did Laura Bush have a wise and lesbian grandmother? Did she have an abortion at the age of 17? Did her marriage nearly break up at one point? And there are some extensively described sexual scenes with three different men, which is not unusual these days in an ordinary novel; but if one associates them with Laura Bush (and can one help that?), they strike a voyeuristic note and are to my mind an impertinence.
The novel occasionally has unnecessarily detailed descriptions of clothes and of furniture, and there are quite a lot of episodes that are not in themselves particularly interesting or contribute to the story line. But the main characters are well developed and the main story line is compelling - so much so that the reservations I have expressed in the previous paragraph gradually faded, and I was truly absorbed to the very end of this very long book.Read more ›
I loved the beginning and middle of this book. Loved Alice, her childhood, her growing up experiences, her family, her life as a single woman, her courtships, her experiences with the Blackwell family (these were my favorite sections), and her relationship with her husband, the future president. All of these things are plot lines that Sittenfeld wrote BRILLIANTLY.
When I finished reading this book, however, I was lukewarm about the ending. 2 weeks later, when I was still thinking about the book, I realized how fervently it had stuck with me, and have since decided that it was one of my favorites of 2008 so far.
Great work, Curtis. I praise your boldness and your talent for writing about women in a sometimes awkward and uncomfortable but always honest fashion. Definitely worth the read.
The ending was weak and didn't seem in character at all. Again, enjoyed the character development from the beginning, but it just felt like a chore about mid-way through. Not recommended.
I have to say I often found this book uncomfortable to read. Mainly because I found myself relating to the character of Alice quite a lot. So even when she was making decisions that I wouldn't necessarily have made, I understood them. Needless to say this was rather jarring for a dyed-in-the-wool liberal to find herself relating to a character's decision to marry the literary incarnation of GWB. Toward the end of book, which details their years in the White House, I found Alice's ruminations on fame to be a little tedious. I only need to be told so many times how few people you can really trust and how people think they own you because you are famous. I got it. Otherwise, I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who's willing to accept that people with other political views are just people and not the actual devil.
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Good read. Enjoyed the book. My sister recommend this book to me and I would recommend it to a friend.Published 4 days ago by Randa armstrong
A fascinating portrayal of marriage, politics and American values.Published 13 days ago by Shem Malone
I love Curtis Sittenfeld's other books and went into this book with fairly high, although not unrealistic expectations. the first third was OK....after that, it DRAGGED. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer Tucker
The first half of the book is fine, well-written and interesting. However, once the plot gets too close to the real-life inspirations to the main characters, the book turns into... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Debbie
I truly enjoyed this moving portrait of a woman pulled headlong by the forces of tragedy, love and history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mulubirhan Kidan Kassahun
This was an annoying book that never got off the ground. It was an unbelievable work of fiction. I read about 75% before I realized I was insulting myself.Published 1 month ago by Julie M. Hemmings
I didn't read any reviews before I read this book so I can honestly say that I had no expectations. I read Prep a few years ago and thought I'd try another novel by Curtis... Read morePublished 1 month ago by cdc0108
This is a story based on Laura Bush's life. I finished it, but am not sure why. Joyce Carol Oates reviewed it for the NY Times Book Review. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer