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How do we distinguish between facts and fiction?

Sep 12, Jennifer rated it really liked it Recommended to Jennifer by: Refresh and try again. I started reading and I was excited, this Alice Cole character was promising, she seemed sincere and real.

Doh, did it to myself again!! I was feeling very grateful to Random House for such a juicy, engaging, character-rich read. I loved Curtis Sittenfeld’s debut novel, Prep.

The first is how, in our litigious age, she ever managed to get what is a barely disguised portrait of Laura Bush past her publisher’s legal department. Whether you loved or hated the Bush’s, or fell somewhere in between, this skillful work of modern-day historical fiction is a must-read.

That’s what the SAT has done to us. And of course I admired her for that. The”American Wife” review by Jessica Neumuth. July – American Wife 8 10 Aug 06, I may have wrecked america for myself.

Review: American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld | Books | The Guardian

So if that puts you at unease, amsrican away. But I never did understand Laura. This is one of the most thought-provoking and absorbing books I have read in a while. What would it be like to be married to the most reviled presdient in American history?

American Wife

I’m sure the First Lady will be embarrassed by certain juicy, fabricated events, but all in all, I found this to be a love letter to her from the author, who claims to be a huge Laura Bush groupie.


Ultimately, I didn’t like Alice Blackwell, the American Wife, and resented Curtis for having talked me into spending so much time with her pages worth. Anyway, this is the engrossing and somewhat trashy tale of Alice Lindgren Blackwell, future first lady. First, there’s the fact that it’s loosely based on the life of Laura Bush; second, there’s the fact that Curtis Sittenfeld has a staggering talent for making characters absolutely real even when they aren’t real already; see PREP.

Sittenfeld has created a provocative picture of the complex relationship between public and private life.

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld – review

There must be something wrong with me, because I did not enjoy this book, and the more I think about it, the less I like it. But most of all, Sittenfeld teaches us to respect complexity. But what is it curtos like to be a First Lady?

The crux of the story comes before Alice’s country-club marriage, americxn, when as a bobby-socked teen in Wisconsin she causes a car accident that sittwnfeld her high-school crush dead.

Like them or not. That isn’t to say she doesn’t get married. Quotes from American Wife. Growing up in a small Wisconsin town, Alice has a good life. This americam in a pregnancy that Alice’s practical, worldly and secretly lesbian grandmother helps her to end. This book with the characters of Alice and Charlie was her fictional response to that question, and like most good fiction, it probably has more truth to it than any non-fiction book written.

It had a nice weight” or somehting like that. It must take guts and a fair amount of gall to write a book like American Wife. How complicit has she been in the trajectory of her own life?

I think I began to feel jipped when I realized there wasn’t maerican to be an elaborate wedding scene in the novel, that Alice was never going to wear the wedding gown or anything nearly like it pictured on the book jacket.

But it raises some intriguing ideas. And they are, but the reader should remember that this is a work of fiction — NOT historical fiction. However, this book’s main character, based on Laura Bush, is extremely uninteresting. Usually it means it’s some milquetoast bullshit that tries to use little words to great effect, little sound, little fury, little signifying.


I didn’t look at the picture in the book jacket and had a male author writing this in my head for well over half the book creates one of the most interesting and well-developed characters, Alice Blackwell, for a novel that I have read in a while.

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld – review – Telegraph

It ends up making the story feel very conversational, like sitting down with an old friend and catching up a bit. Indeed, Alice’s martyrish tendencies occasionally make you want to shake her by the lapels. A wife compromises herself for love; she repeatedly bends her wishes to accommodate her husband. Was this exploitation for sales? Curtis Sittenfeld’s novel is a fictionalised portrait based on the now former First Lady, Laura Bush.

I wonder if this would be a better book if it were completely fictional? It also reminded me what a dynamo Barbara Bush was to be so outspoken. Just forget what you might have heard about this book being a mirror of the life of Laura Bush it is, but Jun 18, Kemper rated it really liked it Shelves: How can she both love and fundamentally disagree with her husband?

After all, are any characters truly “made up? Her self-relfection and explanations were thin, and to me sounded more like justifications.