American Wife - Curtis Sittenfeld

While Michelle Obama is the stylish first lady du jour, and Hillary Clinton has become the most politically successful post-White House first lady, there’s no doubt in my mind that Laura Bush is the most subtly complex.  Long before Curtis Sittenfeld’s American Wife (Random House, $15), women of all political stripes were fascinated by Mrs. Bush’s subdued political presence and the imagined inner workings of her marriage to our former president. Sittenfeld’s fictional portrait of the first lady’s life from childhood to the East Wing is by turns hilarious and unsettling, executed with empathetic ambivalence and teeming with the kind of rich details that make the reader wonder, could things have really happened that way?

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ISBN: 9780812975406
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 10th, 2009