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American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
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Jul 27, 2009

really liked it
Read in August, 2009 , read count: 1

I would give this first 80% of this book 5 stars and the last 20% 3 stars, only because there is where I began to see a political bias emerge, although I will say for the most part Sittenfield still balanced it with a complex, well thought through approach. I never in a million years thought I would want to read a book based on Laura Bush's life (especially a fictional book taking on major assumptions with her thoughts and feelings), however Sittenfield is such a beautiful and thoughtful writer, that her prose kept me turning page after page. Alice Blackwell (though I never once thought of her as anyone but Laura Bush) is conveyed as deeply nuanced and complex, strong and independent, thoughtful and wise, and I loved how this book spent as much time on the nuances of marriage over the course of 30 years as it did her relationships with others in her life. I feel like I got to know her on a deep level and I really, really liked her.
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message 1: by Shaunabon (new)

Shaunabon This sounds good... I see you gave it 4 stars???? Do I need to read?


Jennifer I'll call you :-)


Corinne Jen - I haven't posted my comments on goodreads yet (even though I finished the book a couple weeks ago) but I could seriously copy and paste your review because I completely 100% agree with everything you wrote. We are definitely cut from the same cloth!! Thanks for the referral - it was a great read.


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