Feb 12, 11
Read from February 05 to 12, 2011
Was this what I expected? Not really. Is it the best book ever? Nah. But Curtis Sittenfeld does something really well- she creates real, plausible characters whose plights and actions you may not agree with, but you certainly understand. Alice is the typical young woman with a not-so-crystal clear past; Charlie is the good-natured prodigal son with a "legacy" he feels he must claim. Even the supporting characters- Emilie, Dena, Gladys Wycomb, Ella, Jessica Sutton, Miss Ruby, Priscilla Blackwell- have redeeming qualities. This, in my opinion, is what made the novel entertaining for me. I didn't even know the book was based loosely on Laura and George W. Bush until I peeked at the interview at the back of the copy I'd borrowed from the library. Intriguing, yes, but I view this more as the story of a couple thrust into the national spotlight, and a woman's struggle to deal with the choices she's made. Very entertaining.