Contemporary Literature

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

By Curtis Sittenfeld

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

A sort, bookish merely 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 coincidence while she used to be 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 not often gave him a re-evaluation: She was once critical and considerate, and he could fairly crack a comic story than supply a true perception; he was once the rich son of a bastion relatives of the Republican social gathering, and she or he was once a college librarian and registered Democrat. cozy in her quiet and unassuming existence, she felt inured to his charms. after which, a lot to her shock, Alice fell for Charlie.

As Alice learns to make her manner amid the clannish strength and boastful self assurance of the Blackwell kinfolk, navigating the unusual rituals in their nation membership and summer time property, she continues to be uneasy together with her newfound success. And whilst Charlie ultimately turns into President, Alice is thrust right into a place she didn't seek–one of energy and effect, privilege and accountability. As Charlie’s tumultuous and debatable moment time period within the White condominium 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 while her deepest ideals run opposed to her public persona?

In Alice Blackwell, long island 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 classification, wealth, race, and the exigencies of destiny right into a awesome tapestry–a novel during which the unforeseen turns into inevitable, and the pleasures and ache of intimacy and love are laid naked.

Show description

Read or Download American Wife PDF

Best contemporary literature books

Big Machine

Ricky Rice is a middling hustler with a lingering junk behavior, a bum knee, and a haunted brain. A survivor of a suicide cult, he scrapes via as a porter at a bus depot in Utica, long island, till at some point a mysterious letter arrives, summoning him to enlist in a band of paranormal investigators constructed from former addicts and petty criminals, all of whom had sooner or later of their wasted lives heard what can have been the voice of God.

April Shadows

APRIL HAD continuously FELT LIKE an interloper.

Her older sister Brenda was once tall, athletic, aggressive, and certain of herself. yet April Taylor was once brief, delicate, and obese -- and she or he couldn't get better from their father's slicing criticisms the way in which Brenda did. April didn't be aware of why their once-loving dad had develop into a coldhearted monster, yet she was once certain it had whatever to do along with her. and he or she might see how his merciless habit used to be tearing away at her mild mom. yet a glimmer of happiness returns whilst Brenda brings domestic her university roommate: appealing, bewitching Celia. And April wonders if she may not be so diversified from Brenda in spite of everything. .. .

The Sweetest Gift

"The Sweetest Gift" is the sequel to the unconventional "The Gift" and maintains the tale of Maggie could Williams, singer/songwriter and bluegrass mandolinist. it's been 5 years because the finish of the 1st ebook. Maggie has discovered that her husband Zak, the charismatic lead guitarist of the Cajun blues/rock band the Bayou Blasters, has been having an affair with their children's nanny.

Tangled Web

HE enjoyed HIS FATHER'S spouse. ..

But prior transgressions haunted desire Barrister, whose attractiveness helped her upward push from a tenant farm to a Texas fortune. Did her quiet loveliness hide an unpleasant lust for wealth . . . or darkish secrets and techniques she'd lengthy saved secure, to guard her younger son?

Chase Barrister stumbled on wish enigmatic and elegant--but she had the flavor of forbidden fruit. Years in the past, Chase had fled his father's legacy, yet he'd taken stories of his stepmother and his personal bittersweet desire.

After his father's dying, Chase back to Texas and wish. might he be stuck within the net of familial deceit. . . or untangle a decent love and actually come domestic?

Additional info for American Wife

Sample text

It was already hot and I had missed half the day. My balcony was now bare and I had no cover from the people walking back and forth. Sweeping, 56 / How to Get Into tHe twIn Palms walking, dogs shitting. I stared out toward The Calcutta. There were red and blue cups littering the front yard. There were Christmas lights blinking on and off on the top railing. I shook my head and sat down. I stared down to my cigarette-hiding place and saw that they were gone too. ” My neighbor with the homemade haircut was leaning into my balcony from his mother’s balcony.

That was the kind of girl he wanted me to be. Karolina WaclaWiaK / 55 I WOKE UP LATE. I DIDN’T HAVE ANYWHERE TO go anyway. My head hurt and I had forgotten to wash my face. My eyes hurt from the caked on makeup and my skin felt slick. I went to the bathroom and took a look at myself. I thanked God that I hadn’t let Lev in. I wiped the soot caked around my eye and looked at my nails. Cracked polish, chipped like skylines and worn down to nubs. They hurt and were inflamed. I poured hydrogen peroxide over each finger.

A kabanos. I didn’t care who saw me. The sausage was dry because I had left it unwrapped in the refrigerator and it tasted like jerky. I had a jar of horseradish next to me and I would dip the sausage into the jar and pull out a clump at the tip and eat it. That mixed with the cigarette I was furiously inhaling made my breath hot and sour. I leaned back in my chair and heard a creak and snap. The crack at the bottom of the chair was getting worse and I didn’t care. I snuffed out the Misty and started another one.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.98 of 5 – based on 22 votes