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When Loyalty is Everything

  • Oct 29, 2008
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This is an ambitious novel and I admire this talented writer, Curtis Sittenfeld's, ability to capture the essence of a character (AND a country!) and fully bring her to life. A fan of her novel Prep, The American Wife shows that Sittenfeld has much more up her sleeve.

Thinly modeled after current First Lady, Laura Bush, which is perhaps the only downside of this reading experience, this is the story of WISCONSIN BORN Alice Blackwell, who is a—you guessed it—former teacher and librarian. Married to an aggressive war-focused President, who she finds both "undeniably handsome" and "some sort of dimwit," Alice comes to realize she's given up her values by being the good wife, marrying into a family where loyalty is everything. This is not heavily satirical but rather, sympathetic to the main character. While unveiling her conflicts and flaws, underlying to the character is that she's good "marriage material," and has done her job well.

So has Sittenfeld. Highly readable and highly recommend, particularly for those who appreciate good writing.

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