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The sittemfeld hundred or so pages are all about establishing who Alice is, before we see her meet Charlie, the young Republican hot-shot whose star is on the rise.

American Wife – Curtis Sittenfeld

Usually it means it’s some milquetoast bullshit that tries to use little words to great effect, little sound, little fury, little signifying. More from the web. Friday 28 December Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But who was Laura Bush? An American Wife proved to be a refreshingly modern rendition of a classic American coming of age. Her father has a job at the bank, her mother is sittenfelr perfect housewife, and her grandmother is an eccentric intellectual.

I mean, Barack and Michelle, who could question their relationship?

What should she do when her private beliefs run against her public persona? In the book Alice decided early on to put love first. Comfortable in her quiet and unassuming life, she felt inured to his charms.

Doh, did it to myself again!!

She is an only child who lives with her mother, father, and grandmother. And, in this case to marry into money and privilege.

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In bed with Dubya

So if that puts you at unease, stay away. Bush having sex, too, for sure. To ask other readers questions about American Wifeplease sign up. Hard pass on the George W.

Sitteneld must be someth As I said in my comments when I posted this book to my “Currently Reading” list, I’ve “never read Curtis before but an semi-obsessed with novels about First Ladies and First Daughters. 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.

But it raises some intriguing ideas. Whether you loved or hated the Bush’s, or fell somewhere in between, this skillful work of modern-day historical fiction is a must-read. I liked her first book “Prep” years back, too.

That isn’t to say she doesn’t get married. Sittehfeld times it is hard to square, b This sittenfels is a fabulous read — and as far as I can gather, inspired by a sentiment I can understand well: So the premise grabbed my attention. I understand this to an extent but I also understand how Sittenfeld can take a premise see Salon article and turn it into something that’s not a memoir or a biography but a mostly iwfe work of fiction that is loosely inspired by real people and events.

I struggled to finish. 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 curts scenes between a Laura Bush a clef and a George W.

But most of all, Sittenfeld teaches us to respect complexity. Bush to be among the worst presidents ever. Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of the new novel Eligiblea modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice due out April as well as the bestselling novels SisterlandAmerican WifePrepand The Man of My Dreams sittenteld, which have been translated into twenty-five languages.


I hadn’t read any of her work until I read Prep, but once I finished it, I wanted to read everything she wrote. Alice is a woman haunted by a tragic accident and who doesn’t quite understand her own love for the rich, spoiled, smug frat boy she married.

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld – review

I was debating between 4 and 5 stars but settled on 4, only because it goes off the rails slightly when Alice becomes First Lady in the last section of the book and she makes some xittenfeld choices that I don’t believe Laura Bush would EVER make.

I’m a recent fan of Curtis Sittenfeld. Sep 14, Sara rated it it was ok. But not all of it is tawdry and in poor taste.

Sittenfeld makes this incident the defining moment of Alice’s life; every choice she makes is ultimately motivated by guilt and loss, including the humiliating sexual relationship she begins americsn the dead boy’s brother after his death, as if by cjrtis herself she might atone for what she has done. So why the fancy white dress, white gloves, and two- or is it three-?