I am writing this on my new laptop. Finally!. It is a beauty, too! Black with red swirls, backlit keys, huge drive and memory. I am over my snit, I guess. (almost) And I did not die from the flu, but at times wished I would.
“American Wife”, by Curtis Sittenfeld, was so worth reading. A thinly veiled story paralleling George W and Laura Bush, it is well written and very well researched. It is the story of a quiet, smart girl,Alice, who becomes a librarian,marries a rich, unmotivated man, Charlie,(who has political aspirations), and surprisingly becomes first lady. When reading the beginning, I really liked the way she captured the 50’s and 60’s. I grew up then and it was so real, and really brought back memories. While I liked the story, and even chuckled when I read how selfish and kinda dumb, the Charlie was, I thought Alice had too many weak moments.
Sittenfeld seemed to really know the effects and nuances of a long marriage, the stress, the changes that I fear happen to all of us as we age and our life changes along with us. The ending seemed a little rushed, but overall it was a worthwhile read.