By Curtis Sittenfeld
On what could develop into essentially the most major days in her husband’s presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the unusual and not likely direction that has led her to the White House–and the repercussions of a lifestyles lived, as she places it, “almost towards itself.”
A sort, bookish merely baby born within the Forties, Alice discovered the virtues of politeness early on from her stolid mom and dad and small Wisconsin place of origin. yet a sad twist of fate whilst she was once seventeen shattered her identification and made her comprehend the fragility of lifestyles and the tenuousness of success. So greater than a decade later, whilst she met boisterous, charismatic Charlie Blackwell, she not often gave him a re-assessment: She was once critical and considerate, and he might particularly crack a shaggy dog story than supply a true perception; he was once the rich son of a bastion family members of the Republican get together, and he or she used to be a faculty 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 boastful self assurance of the Blackwell family members, navigating the unusual rituals in their kingdom membership and summer season property, she is still uneasy along with her newfound luck. And whilst Charlie finally turns into President, Alice is thrust right into a place she didn't seek–one of strength and effect, privilege and accountability. As Charlie’s tumultuous and arguable 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 along with her husband? How complicit has she been within the trajectory of her personal lifestyles? What should still she do while her deepest ideals run opposed to her public persona?
In Alice Blackwell, big apple occasions bestselling writer Curtis Sittenfeld has created her so much dynamic and complicated heroine but. American spouse is a gorgeously written novel that weaves category, wealth, race, and the exigencies of destiny right into a incredible tapestry–a novel during which the unforeseen turns into inevitable, and the pleasures and ache of intimacy and love are laid naked.
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If it happened, it happened. And if it didn’t? He figured he’d cross that bridge when he came to it. He was willing to wait until he met the right person, someone who not only brought joy back into his life, but who loved his kids as much as he did. He recognized, however, that in this town, the odds of finding that person were tiny. Southport was too small. Nearly everyone he knew was either married or retired or attending one of the local schools. There weren’t a lot of single women around, let alone women who wanted a package deal, kids included.
I’d also like to thank my children—Miles, Ryan, Landon, Lexie, and Savannah. Miles is off in college, my youngest are in the third grade, and watching all of them grow is always a source of joy. My agent, Theresa Park, always deserves my thanks for all she does to help me write the best novel I possibly can. I’m lucky to work with you. Ditto for Jamie Raab, my editor. She’s taught me much about writing, and I’m thankful for her presence in my life. Denise DiNovi, my Hollywood friend and producer of a number of my films, has been a source of joy and friendship over the years.
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American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld