American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

By Curtis Sittenfeld

On what may well turn into essentially the most major days in her husband’s presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the unusual and not going course that has led her to the White House–and the repercussions of a existence lived, as she places it, “almost against itself.”

A type, bookish in basic terms baby born within the Forties, Alice discovered the virtues of politeness early on from her stolid mom and dad and small Wisconsin place of origin. yet a sad coincidence whilst she used to be seventeen shattered her identification and made her comprehend the fragility of lifestyles and the tenuousness of success. So greater than a decade later, while she met boisterous, charismatic Charlie Blackwell, she hardly ever gave him a re-evaluation: She used to be critical and considerate, and he may really crack a shaggy dog story than supply a true perception; he used to be the rich son of a bastion kin of the Republican occasion, and he or she used to be a college librarian and registered Democrat. cozy in her quiet and unassuming lifestyles, she felt inured to his charms. after which, a lot to her shock, Alice fell for Charlie.

As Alice learns to make her manner amid the clannish power and arrogant self assurance of the Blackwell kinfolk, navigating the unusual rituals in their state membership and summer time property, she continues to be uneasy together with her newfound success. And whilst Charlie finally turns into President, Alice is thrust right into a place she didn't seek–one of strength and impact, privilege and accountability. As Charlie’s tumultuous and arguable moment time period within the White apartment wears on, Alice needs to face contradictions years within the making: How can she either love and essentially disagree together with her husband? How complicit has she been within the trajectory of her personal existence? What should still she do whilst her deepest ideals run opposed to her public persona?

In Alice Blackwell, ny instances bestselling writer Curtis Sittenfeld has created her so much dynamic and complicated heroine but. American spouse is a gorgeously written novel that weaves type, wealth, race, and the exigencies of destiny right into a amazing tapestry–a novel during which the unforeseen turns into inevitable, and the pleasures and soreness of intimacy and love are laid naked.

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