- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; 10/27/13 edition (November 26, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345528689
- ISBN-13: 978-0345528681
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,781 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The history is exhilarating. . . . The Aviator’s Wife soars. . . . Anne Morrow Lindbergh narrates the story of the Lindberghs’ troubled marriage in all its triumph and tragedy.”—USA Today
“Remarkable . . . The Aviator’s Wife succeeds [in] putting the reader inside Anne Lindbergh’s life with her famous husband.”—The Denver Post
“[This novel] will fascinate history buffs and surprise those who know of her only as ‘the aviator’s wife.’ ”—People
“It’s hard to quit reading this intimate historical fiction.”—The Dallas Morning News
“Fictional biography at its finest.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Utterly unforgettable.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An intimate examination of the life and emotional mettle of Anne Morrow.”—The Washington Post
“A story of both triumph and pain that will take your breath away.”—Kate Alcott, author of The Dressmaker
“Melanie Benjamin inhabits Anne Morrow Lindbergh completely, freeing her from the shadows of her husband’s stratospheric fame.”—Isabel Wolff, author of A Vintage Affair
About the Author
Melanie Benjamin is a pseudonym for Melanie Hauser, who has written two contemporary novels. She is the author of the nationally bestselling Alice I Have Been and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb. Benjamin lives in Chicago, where she is at work on her next historical novel.
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However, I really grew to dislike both Anne and Charles Lindbergh. I never knew how much I could hate Charles Lindbergh and it was hard to deal with Anne sometimes. I know it was a different time and we tend to look at things through a modern lens, but it was hard for me to deal with a character that just swoons every time she looks at a guy who is verbally abusive and neglectful. I am glad she finally found her strength but overall I would not read this book again just because of the characters and their personality traits.
This is one of those rare books that hooks you right out of the gate with a combination of high quality writing and interesting details, but it slows down in the middle. There is an egregious amount of page space dedicated to Anne bumbling around and moping about the kidnapped baby. I removed a star because it was so aggravating to slog through 100 boring, redundant pages crying about the kidnapping for the entire middle of the book. I also found the ending unsatisfactory since Anne never gets any closure. The book as a whole fails to give a satisfying amount of detail about Charles's harem of young Aryan women in Nazi Germany. It is very subtly implied that he's a Nazi, I think it would have been a stronger book if the author handled that detail less delicately rather than dropping small details with as little description as possible (like that Aryan harem that's barely mentioned at all) and letting you make your own conclusions.
Author Melanie Benjamin deftly explores the private side of this very public couple, especially focusing on how much Anne actually did for Charles—even though she rarely received credit for it. She not only served as his only crew in the early years of flying, but also became an accomplished aviatrix in her own right. Oh, and she also had six children, one of whom was famously kidnapped and murdered at the age of 20 months, an event that had a tragic and everlasting emotional impact on her and their very troubled marriage.
But in the end, this is just a sad, sad tale because Charles is portrayed almost as a monster. How could Anne stay with him all those years? My heart breaks for her—and what could have been.