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 likely course that has led her to the White House–and the repercussions of a existence lived, as she places it, “almost against itself.”
A style, bookish basically baby born within the Forties, Alice discovered the virtues of politeness early on from her stolid mom and dad and small Wisconsin fatherland. yet a sad coincidence while she used to be seventeen shattered her identification and made her comprehend the fragility of existence and the tenuousness of success. So greater than a decade later, whilst she met boisterous, charismatic Charlie Blackwell, she infrequently gave him a re-examination: She used to be severe and considerate, and he may particularly crack a funny story than provide a true perception; he was once the rich son of a bastion kin of the Republican celebration, and she or he used to be a faculty librarian and registered Democrat. cozy in her quiet and unassuming existence, she felt inured to his charms. after which, a lot to her shock, Alice fell for Charlie.
As Alice learns to make her approach amid the clannish power and arrogant self belief of the Blackwell family members, navigating the unusual rituals in their state membership and summer time property, she is still uneasy along with her newfound success. And whilst Charlie ultimately 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 debatable 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 inner most ideals run opposed to her public persona?
In Alice Blackwell, ny occasions bestselling writer Curtis Sittenfeld has created her such a lot dynamic and intricate heroine but. American spouse is a gorgeously written novel that weaves classification, wealth, race, and the exigencies of destiny right into a magnificent tapestry–a novel within which the unforeseen turns into inevitable, and the pleasures and discomfort of intimacy and love are laid naked.
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American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld