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By Curtis Sittenfeld

On what may perhaps 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 sort, bookish simply baby born within the Nineteen Forties, Alice realized 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 id and made her comprehend the fragility of lifestyles and the tenuousness of success. So greater than a decade later, while she met boisterous, charismatic Charlie Blackwell, she hardly ever gave him a re-evaluation: She was once severe and considerate, and he could quite crack a funny story than provide a true perception; he was once the rich son of a bastion kinfolk of the Republican social gathering, and he or she used to be a college 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 approach amid the clannish power and boastful self assurance of the Blackwell relatives, navigating the unusual rituals in their nation membership and summer season property, she continues to be uneasy along with her newfound luck. And whilst Charlie ultimately turns into President, Alice is thrust right into a place she didn't seek–one of strength and impression, privilege and accountability. As Charlie’s tumultuous and debatable 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 along 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, big apple instances bestselling writer Curtis Sittenfeld has created her so much dynamic and complicated heroine but. American spouse is a gorgeously written novel that weaves category, wealth, race, and the exigencies of destiny right into a outstanding tapestry–a novel during which the unforeseen turns into inevitable, and the pleasures and ache of intimacy and love are laid naked.

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