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American Wife-By Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (February 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812975405
Part of my 2009-100 + Challenge

When starting to read Curtis Sittenfeld’s novel “American Wife” I quickly scanned the back cover and realized that it was a work of fiction based on a real first lady. So me being the history teacher, I need to immediately know who it was based on. After so quick scanning of the discussion questions, I found out....Laura Bush. BLAHHHHH. I am a very, very liberal person so I went into this book with a bad attitude. Yet I was pleasantly surprised.

I thought that this would be a more biographical piece, where it really was a work of fiction based loosely on a work of fiction. It gave great insight into the now famous incident in Bush’s early years where she was involved with a tragic accident. It also delves into the what it would be like for someone with no political aspirations to become such a high ranking person in American Politics. Although it was a quick and interesting read mostly focus on the main character’s youth and early marriage years, it did seem to go downhill in the last 150 pages. I felt that the book took on an almost whiney/whoa is me attitude at the end that for me took away from the books earlier tone. ALthough I did like this book and would give it a good rating (see below) it is highly political towards the left and I think that most people who were more conservative in their political views would not find this book to their liking and in some cases insulting. Overall, a decent summer read.

Kaylee book review rating ***
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  1. J. Kaye Says:

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