Tuesday, September 15, 2009

American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld (2008)

I LOVED this book, devoured it, savored it, completely enjoyed it. It made me think about things in a way I hadn't before, about marriage, being a woman sacrificing her career and identity to a husband...

And the funny thing was, when I first read the review of this last year I thought I would not like it. After all, the premise of the book is a fictional account that very closely follows the life of former first lady Laura Bush. Yes, the names are changed and the state they come from is changed (Wisconsin instead of Texas) but many of the larger events remain. And I was never a big fan of Laura Bush so I never gave it another thought until a fellow blogger suggested it a while back. Thanks, because I loved it.

2 comments:

Amy Reads Good Books said...

I loved this one too! Almost more than her first novel, "Prep." Have you read that one?

Amy said...

I can completely relate to why you weren't that interested in American Wife. I don't dislike Laura Bush, just wasn't that interested. But I really enjoyed American Wife. It was so much more interesting and complex than I expected. Very thought provoking and a realistic perspective on marriage, some marriages anyway!