By Curtis Sittenfeld

On what may well turn into the most major days in her husband’s presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the unusual and not going course that has led her to the White House–and the repercussions of a existence lived, as she places it, “almost against itself.”

A variety, bookish in basic terms baby born within the Nineteen Forties, Alice discovered the virtues of politeness early on from her stolid mom and dad and small Wisconsin native land. yet a sad twist of fate while she was once seventeen shattered her identification and made her comprehend the fragility of existence and the tenuousness of good fortune. So greater than a decade later, whilst she met boisterous, charismatic Charlie Blackwell, she hardly ever gave him a re-assessment: She used to be critical and considerate, and he may fairly crack a comic story than provide a true perception; he used to be the rich son of a bastion relatives of the Republican social gathering, and he or she was once a faculty librarian and registered Democrat. cozy in her quiet and unassuming lifestyles, she felt inured to his charms. after which, a lot to her shock, Alice fell for Charlie.

As Alice learns to make her means amid the clannish strength and boastful self assurance of the Blackwell kin, navigating the unusual rituals in their state membership and summer time property, she is still uneasy along with her newfound luck. And while Charlie finally turns into President, Alice is thrust right into a place she didn't seek–one of energy and impact, privilege and accountability. As Charlie’s tumultuous and arguable moment time period within the White residence wears on, Alice needs to face contradictions years within the making: How can she either love and essentially disagree together with her husband? How complicit has she been within the trajectory of her personal lifestyles? What may still she do whilst her inner most ideals run opposed to her public persona?

In Alice Blackwell, manhattan instances bestselling writer Curtis Sittenfeld has created her such a lot dynamic and intricate heroine but. American spouse is a gorgeously written novel that weaves type, wealth, race, and the exigencies of destiny right into a magnificent tapestry–a novel during which the unforeseen turns into inevitable, and the pleasures and discomfort of intimacy and love are laid naked.

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