American Wife

A Novel

    • 3.9 • 171 Ratings
    • $11.99
    • $11.99

Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A gorgeously written novel that weaves class, wealth, race, and fate into a brilliant portrait of a first lady—from the author of Rodham and Eligible

“Terrific . . . an intelligent, bighearted novel about a controversial political dynasty.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: TimePeopleEntertainment Weekly
 
A kind, bookish only child born in the 1940s, Alice Lindgren has no idea that she will one day end up in the White House, married to the president. In her small Wisconsin hometown she learns the virtues of politeness, but a tragic accident when she is seventeen shatters her identity and changes the trajectory of her life. More than a decade later, when the charismatic son of a powerful Republican family sweeps her off her feet, she is surprised to find herself admitted into a world of privilege. 
 
And when her husband unexpectedly becomes governor and then president, she discovers that she is married to a man she both loves and fundamentally disagrees with—and that her private beliefs increasingly run against her public persona. As her husband’s presidency enters its second term, Alice must confront contradictions years in the making and face questions nearly impossible to answer.
 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book ReviewChicago Tribune • NPR • Rocky Mountain NewsSt. Louis Post-DispatchThe Washington Post Book World

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2008
September 2
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
576
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
8.6
MB

Customer Reviews

Ohgoodygoody ,

American Wife

Great book! Loved it! They beginning just pulls you in and then you can't put it down!

The Best Book ,

Bad book club choice

Unnecessarily wordy and convoluted in the narrative
I didn’t like reading it , only stuck with it for my book club

Ash849502 ,

Enjoyable until the end

I thoroughly enjoyed the first sections of this book - the story of Alice's life and her journey with Charlie. However, once they reach the White House things unravel. Rather than continuing their story, it becomes the story of the Bush administration. To spend an entire book telling a character's story and then end it with borrowed reality was a letdown.

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