American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

By Curtis Sittenfeld

On what may possibly turn into some of 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 lifestyles lived, as she places it, “almost against itself.”

A style, bookish simply baby born within the Forties, Alice discovered the virtues of politeness early on from her stolid mom and dad and small Wisconsin place of birth. yet a sad twist of fate whilst she used to be seventeen shattered her id 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 hardly ever gave him a re-examination: She was once severe and considerate, and he could really crack a funny story than provide a true perception; he used to be the rich son of a bastion relations of the Republican social gathering, and he or she was once 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 means amid the clannish strength and arrogant self belief of the Blackwell family members, navigating the unusual rituals in their kingdom membership and summer season property, she is still uneasy together with her newfound success. And while Charlie ultimately turns into President, Alice is thrust right into a place she didn't seek–one of energy and effect, privilege and accountability. As Charlie’s tumultuous and debatable moment time period within the White condo wears on, Alice needs to face contradictions years within the making: How can she either love and essentially disagree along with her husband? How complicit has she been within the trajectory of her personal existence? What may still she do whilst her deepest ideals run opposed to her public persona?

In Alice Blackwell, big apple instances bestselling writer Curtis Sittenfeld has created her such a lot dynamic and complicated heroine but. American spouse is a gorgeously written novel that weaves classification, wealth, race, and the exigencies of destiny right into a exceptional tapestry–a novel within which the unforeseen turns into inevitable, and the pleasures and ache of intimacy and love are laid naked.

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