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American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
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Dec 01, 2008

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bookshelves: contemporary-novels

I always think I should like Curtis Sittenfeld, and then I'm always disappointed. The first 150 pages - the part set at Alice's childhood home - were true to form (really, I think Sittenfeld should avoid retrospective narratives of adolescence - they're kind of painful, and this one wasn't an exception, filled as it was with horribly annoying, all-knowing reminiscences and moralizing tag lines to chapters), as were the final 100 or so set at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. (too politically conscious without really moving the novel forward). The middle chunk - framed by Alice's apartment and then her home with her husband and daughter - was surprisingly good: character driven without the tendency to trite generalizations that so proliferated at the first and the end.
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message 1: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn I've been curious about this one. Let me know what you think when you get to it.

message 2: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn Thanks for the great review, though sorry the book wasn't better all around.

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