Thursday, March 5, 2009

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

American Wife is loosely based on the life of Laura Bush, and some of the people close to her and her husband can be recognized. Other than that, this is fiction.

"A kind, bookish only child born in the 1940s, Alice learned the virtues of politeness early on from her stolid parents and small Wisconsin hometown. But a tragic accident when she was seventeen shattered her identity and made her understand the fragility of life and the tenuousness of luck. So more than a decade later, when she met boisterous, charismatic Charlie Blackwell, she hardly gave him a second look: (...)Comfortable in her quiet and unassuming life, she felt inured to his charms. And then, much to her surprise, Alice fell for Charlie."

Quote from the website of Curtis Sittenfeld

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