The Aviator's Wife

A Novel
Benjamin, Melanie (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Aviator's Wife

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In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, acclaimed novelist Melanie Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America's most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. "The history [is] exhilarating. . . . The Aviator's Wife soars." -- USA Today NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles's assurance and fame, Anne is certain the aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong. Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. Hounded by adoring crowds and hunted by an insatiable press, Charles shields himself and his new bride from prying eyes, leaving Anne to feel her life falling back into the shadows. In the years that follow, despite her own major achievements--she becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States--Anne is viewed merely as the aviator's wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life's infinite possibilities for change and happiness. Drawing on the rich history of the twentieth century--from the late twenties to the mid-sixties--and featuring cameos from such notable characters as Joseph Kennedy and Amelia Earhart, The Aviator's Wife is a vividly imagined novel of a complicated marriage--revealing both its dizzying highs and its devastating lows. With stunning power and grace, Melanie Benjamin provides new insight into what made this remarkable relationship endure. Praise for The Aviator's Wife "Remarkable . . . The Aviator's Wife succeeds [in] putting the reader inside Anne Lindbergh's life with her famous husband." -- The Denver Post "Anne Morrow Lindbergh narrates the story of the Lindberghs' troubled marriage in all its triumph and tragedy." -- USA Today "[This novel] will fascinate history buffs and surprise those who know of her only as 'the aviator's wife.' " --People "It's hard to quit reading this intimate historical fiction." --The Dallas Morning News "Fictional biography at its finest." -- Booklist (starred review) "Utterly unforgettable." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "An intimate examination of the life and emotional mettle of Anne Morrow." -- The Washington Post "A story of both triumph and pain that will take your breath away." --Kate Alcott, author of The Dressmaker
Authors: Benjamin, Melanie
Title: The aviator's wife
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 402 p. ;,22 cm.
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ISBN: 9780345528674
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Report This Mar 24, 2014
  • ltrout rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed this book. She was a strong woman; much stronger than Charles Lindbergh.

Report This Mar 14, 2014
  • mytwin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A historic/autobiographical/fictional/ feminist perspective on the Charles Linbergh story and that era.It really was an exciting era of change ( as my father always said!) Women really came into their own in that era and the author gave us an interesting account of one pioneer.

Sorry, couldn't get into this book. After the second chapter I had to give up. I found the author to be tiresome with her over use of bubbly adjectives and short choppy sentences. She certainly is no Laura Hildebrand. I will wait for the movie, and in this case it should be better than the book.

Report This Aug 08, 2013
  • olemissann rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book with descriptions of the lives of Anne Morrow and Charles Lindbergh from their courtship and early flying days to descriptions of their children, as well as heartbreaking loss and challenges later in life. The book provided insight into Anne Morrow Lindbergh as a person and not only as the wife of Charles Lindbergh.

Report This Jul 17, 2013
  • Malca rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

For fans of fictional biography. Interesting story of the Lindbergh’s.

Report This Jul 17, 2013
  • steven7 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I agree with the comments by Dam 555. Lindbergh was an accomplished woman. Who would have known that she was an an outstanding pilot and navigator? Ten times better that the famous Amelia Earhart. The problem with Anne was backbone. She had none. Anne could not stand up to her hard, cruel and manipulative husband. He tortured her children and she watched, saying nothing. But, readers have to remember, this was the times, where very few women would speak up to their husbands. And, she was married to Charles Lindbergh, who made trans-Atlantic travel possible. A daring feat that captured the imagination of the world. Nevertheless, I recommend this book to gain some insight to Anne and her accomplishments. It is a very well written book.

Report This Jul 06, 2013
  • Dam555 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Well, this is one of very few books that I finally had to give up on and decided not to finish out of sheer frustration with the main character, Ann Morrow Lindbergh. The author contended that Ann was a woman ahead of her time, in making the choices and having the freedoms she did. That might be to some degree, and she did have a very interesting life, but her character was terribly martyred, victimized by her cold husband and despairingly helpless for someone so accomplished. I love biographies and biographical fiction but for me, The Aviator's Wife missed the plane.

Report This Jun 25, 2013
  • Bjreader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful melding/marriage of fiction and history of the relationship of one of America's most extraordinary couples Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I found The Aviator's Wife a great historical novel; giving us a glimpse of the highs and lows in s complicated, high profile marriage and the relationship that endured.

Report This Jun 24, 2013
  • gracindaisy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fictional account of Charles Lindbergh’s wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh and their life together - more than a fairytale. Couldn’t put it down! Story kept growing & growing.

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