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The main character is cuttis compelling and I love the grandmother. No, they don’t agree on everything, but she loves him, understands him and knows who he is. Also, how did the fairly interesting young Alice become this country club Junior League person? Indecision, I’m curtiis at you!

Jun 18, Kemper rated it really liked it Shelves: The real magic is that all the hype about the character being modeled after Laura Bush completely disappeared.

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

That’s what the SAT has done to us. Indeed, Alice’s martyrish tendencies occasionally make you want to shake her by the lapels. Three stars is really more of an average.

I wish I could scrub my brain. Aug 07, Lisa rated it really liked it.

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It was one of my first attempts at book reviewing! The author claims her intention was not to expose Laura Bush but to write what life might be like if you happened to marry a guy who went on to become President of the United States.

While her life takes some unexpected turns, Alice remains true to herself, confident in her opinions, compassionate and thoughtful, but also willing to fight for the happiness she wants. Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles. 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.


Ultimately, I didn’t like Alice Blackwell, the American Wife, and resented Curtis for having talked me into spending so much time with her pages worth. She empathetically details the burdens and isolatio Wow.

One of us in this experience was lying, and it’s not going to be me. Usually it means it’s some milquetoast bullshit that tries to use wow, my foray into new fiction turned ugly with the first of many sex scenes between a Laura Bush a clef and a George W.

With the exception of a few well-established facts e. This thinly veiled fictional account of Laura Bush was absolutely fantastic. For the greater part of the book, I was not disappointed. Alice is a woman haunted by a tragic accident and who doesn’t quite understand her own love for 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.

Preview — American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld. She has good pacing and really brought Alice to life for me. For a book to be written about an actual First Lady, a human being entitled to the same dignity we all curtjs and a woman who most of America holds in high regard even the author amfrican admits that she’s fascinated by herand to speculate about private things like her sexuality, her commitment to her husband, an abortion and drug use, and dress it up as fiction to avoid being charged with slander and libel seems cowardly.

I hadn’t read any of her work until I read Prep, but once I finished it, I wanted to read everything she wrote. Now, when I sttenfeld this book back up, despite the roaringly sittengeld head start I had with it, every time the male central character has dialogue, I am tortured by hearing it as the weaselly George Bush would say it.

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I just never liked being inside her head, but I stubbornly kept reading. It ends up making the story feel very conversational, like sitting down with an akerican friend and catching up a bit. Why should facts interfere with a good story, yes.

Jul 08, TK rated it did not like it. There was so much rumination, explanation, summary, etc. Hard pass on the George W. You can make these arguments, but I didn’t think Alice cutris. But come on — it’s a luscious dress, like a mound of whipped cream sprinkled with sugar. The only people who can relate are other ex-presidents. The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends.

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld – review

Unfortunately, it follows the Bush saga too closely. I’ve given high praise to authors who seem able anerican “resurrect” actual historical figures and infuse life into them by placing them in dynamic relationships and creating a voice with conversations. Aug 02, Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing. But who was Laura Bush? This book is no exception. Jul 22, Sheryl Sorrentino rated it it was amazing. I guess that’s fair but it still doesn’t seem like it.

Building a story around a president of the USA and his wife, surely demands some respect for privacy, truth, facts, if it is so blatantly based on real people, right?