Book: American Wife
Author: Curtis Sittenfeld
Reason for Reading: for fun
Christine's Review: Sittenfeld draws on the life of Laura Bush to tell us the story of Alice Lingren: a bookish, reserved (but not conservative) girl who goes on to become first lady of the United States. I loved the first section of the book describing her middle class roots, eccentric grandmother and tragic first love. I thoroughly enjoyed her courtship to Charlie Blackwell and her interactions with his wealthy family. The novel stalled once the Blackwell's arrived at the White House and Sittenfeld tried to merge the story with current events. Overall, this is a story about relationships and marriage. Unfortunately, the last section left me bored. Alice, while a sympathetic character at times, never develops any passion or grows as a person.
Recommend: even though the latter part of the book is extremely weak, the first two sections are worth the read; YES
Book Junkie's Grade: B+