American Wife: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)

By Curtis Sittenfeld

A sort, bookish in simple terms baby born within the Forties, Alice Lindgren has no concept that she's going to in the future prove within the White condo, married to the president. In her small Wisconsin place of birth, she learns the virtues of politeness, yet a sad twist of fate whilst she is seventeen shatters her identification and alterations the trajectory of her existence. greater than a decade later, whilst the charismatic son of a strong Republican kinfolk sweeps her off her ft, she is stunned to discover herself admitted right into a international of privilege. And whilst her husband all of sudden turns into governor after which president, she discovers that she is married to a guy she either loves and essentially disagrees with–and that her inner most ideals more and more run opposed to her public character. As her husband’s presidency enters its moment time period, Alice needs to confront contradictions years within the making and face questions approximately very unlikely to reply to.

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Wycomb’s voice used to be laced with affection for my grandmother. “Oh, she’s a ways much less shallow than I am,” my grandmother acknowledged. “Straight A’s each semester—imagine my sadness. ” in reality, whereas my mom and dad didn't appear to have powerful emotions approximately no matter if I attended university, my grandmother was once the single who’d instructed me that doing so might supply me a leg up. “Is that correct? ” Dr. Wycomb acknowledged. “All A’s? ” “I received an A-minus in domestic ec,” I admitted. reasons why used to be that at the ultimate undertaking, for which Dena, Nancy Jenzer, and that i have been companions, we had ready Hawaiian meatballs in school, and Dena dropped the bowl of Oriental sauce at the ground. “Are you interested by the sciences? ” Dr. Wycomb requested me, yet earlier than i'll resolution, we’d pulled over in entrance of a maroon awning that acknowledged THE PELHAM on it in white cursive. “Gladys, you remain the following and we’ll simply be a moment,” my grandmother acknowledged. “Alice, are available in with me. ” even if we left our suitcases within the motor vehicle, it wasn’t until eventually we have been inside of that I totally understood: We weren’t, as my grandmother had claimed to Dr. Wycomb, canceling our reservation. We have been checking in, then jogging again out and driving away in Dr. Wycomb’s automobile. My grandmother didn't clarify this to me, but if the girl at the back of the reception table acknowledged, “A view of the lake could fee you simply six cash extra a day,” my grandmother spoke back, “We’ll be superb within the room we now have. ” She additionally acknowledged we wouldn’t desire a porter. i used to be now not somebody who overtly challenged others, and in addition to, I thought of myself an best friend of my grandmother. That was once why, after we’d retraced our steps during the Pelham’s dim foyer and climbed again within the automobile, I stated not anything whilst she advised Dr. Wycomb, “All handled, and so they didn’t supply us a little bit hassle. ” I couldn’t comprehend the cause of our double deception—lying to my father approximately the place we have been staying, mendacity to Dr. Wycomb approximately canceling the reservation—but I knew that sturdy manners intended accommodating the individual you have been with. My grandmother assumed my loyalty, and this, absolutely, is the explanation she obtained it. within the educate station, while Dr. Wycomb had urged having a drink, I’d imagined she intended at a cafe, yet as a substitute, we drove to her condo on Lake Shore force, then rode an elevator to the 7th flooring; an elevator operator wore a uniform no longer in contrast to the driver’s and nodded as soon as, asserting “Dr. Wycomb” ahead of urgent the button. with out extra alternate of phrases, we rose, and while the elevator stopped, we stepped right into a hallway covered with gold cloth for wallpaper—not glittery gold yet subtly glossy brocade with unshiny fleurs-de-lis showing at tasteful durations. The elevator operator carried our baggage contained in the condominium. The room the place i used to be to stick featured dual beds separated through a white marble desk, and at the desk sat a lamp with a wide base of raspberry-colored ribbed glass; additionally, there has been an exact suitcase stand on which the operator set my suitcase. before everything I’d proposal to say no while the fellow had provided to hold our baggage, but if my grandmother had permitted, I had, too.

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