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American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
The American Wife of Curtis Sittenfeld's novel's title is Alice Blackwell (modeled after Laura Bush), wife of the American president, Charlie Blackwell. Alice lived a quiet life in Wisconsin. She suffered the trauma of causing a fatal accident that killed a friend and was a librarian when she met Charlie. He was from a wealthy and privileged Republican family, at odds with her more liberal attitudes, but she fell for him quickly and married him soon after. Intimidated and overwhelmed by his boisterous family, she stayed loyal to her husband as his career soared from governorship to the presidency. As he became more brash and arrogant, he led the country into a war she didn't think was right, she stayed within her place at his side. American Wife has received mostly positive reviews with the Houston Chronicle calling it "a remarkable piece of work, nuanced and persuasive as a portrait of a decent woman navigating her contradictions and the buffetings of fate."