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American Wife - A Novel

Curtis Sittenfeld

On what might become one of the most significant days in her husband's presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the strange and unlikely path that has led her to the White House-and the repercussions of a life lived, as she puts it, "almost in opposition to itself." A kind, bookish only child born in the 1940s, Alice learned the virtues of politeness early on from her stolid parents and small Wisconsin hometown. But a tragic accident when she was seventeen shattered her identity and made her understand the fragility of life and the tenuousness of luck. So more than a decade later, when she met boisterous, charismatic Charlie Blackwell, she hardly gave him a second look: She was serious and thoughtful, and he would rather crack a joke than offer a real insight; he was the wealthy son of a bastion family of the Republican party, and she was a school librarian and registered Democrat. Comfortable in her quiet and unassuming life, she felt inured to his charms. And then, much to her surprise, Alice fell for Charlie. As Alice learns to make her way amid the clannish energy and smug confidence of the Blackwell family, navigating the strange rituals of their country club and summer estate, she remains uneasy with her newfound good fortune. And when Charlie eventually becomes President, Alice is thrust into a position she did not seek-one of power and influence, privilege and responsibility. As Charlie's tumultuous and controversial second term in the White House wears on, Alice must face contradictions years in the making: How can she both love and fundamentally disagree with her husband? How complicit has she been in the trajectory of her own life? What should she do when her private beliefs run against her public persona? In Alice Blackwell, New York Times bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld has created her most dynamic and complex heroine yet. American Wife is a gorgeously written novel that weaves class, wealth, race, and the exigencies of fate into a brilliant tapestry-a novel in which the unexpected becomes inevi

On what might become one of the most significant days in her husband's presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the strange and unlikely path that has led her to the White House-and the repercussions of a life lived, as she puts it, "almost in opposition to itself." A kind, bookish only child born in the 1940s, Alice learned the virtues of politeness early on from her stolid parents and small Wisconsin hometown. But a tragic accident when she was seventeen shattered her identity and made her understand the fragility of life and the tenuousness of luck. So more than a decade later, when she met boisterous, charismatic Charlie Blackwell, she hardly gave him a second look: She was serious and thoughtful, and he would rather crack a joke than offer a real insight; he was the wealthy son of a bastion family of the Republican party, and she was a school librarian and registered Democrat. Comfortable in her quiet and unassuming life, she felt inured to his charms. And then, much to her surprise, Alice fell for Charlie. As Alice learns to make her way amid the clannish energy and smug confidence of the Blackwell family, navigating the strange rituals of their country club and summer estate, she remains uneasy with her newfound good fortune. And when Charlie eventually becomes President, Alice is thrust into a position she did not seek-one of power and influence, privilege and responsibility. As Charlie's tumultuous and controversial second term in the White House wears on, Alice must face contradictions years in the making: How can she both love and fundamentally disagree with her husband? How complicit has she been in the trajectory of her own life? What should she do when her private beliefs run against her public persona? In Alice Blackwell, New York Times bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld has created her most dynamic and complex heroine yet. American Wife is a gorgeously written novel that weaves class, wealth, race, and the exigencies of fate into a brilliant tapestry-a novel in which the unexpected becomes inevi
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On what might become one of the most significant days in her husband's presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the strange and unlikely path that has led her to the White House-and the repercussions of a life lived, as she puts it, "almost in opposition to itself." A kind, bookish only child born in the 1940s, Alice learned the virtues of politeness early on from her stolid parents and small Wisconsin hometown. But a tragic accident when she was seventeen shattered her identity and made her understand the fragility of life and the tenuousness of luck. So more than a decade later, when she met boisterous, charismatic Charlie Blackwell, she hardly gave him a second look: She was serious and thoughtful, and he would rather crack a joke than offer a real insight; he was the wealthy son of a bastion family of the Republican party, and she was a school librarian and registered Democrat. Comfortable in her quiet and unassuming life, she felt inured to his charms. And then, much to her surprise, Alice fell for Charlie. As Alice learns to make her way amid the clannish energy and smug confidence of the Blackwell family, navigating the strange rituals of their country club and summer estate, she remains uneasy with her newfound good fortune. And when Charlie eventually becomes President, Alice is thrust into a position she did not seek-one of power and influence, privilege and responsibility. As Charlie's tumultuous and controversial second term in the White House wears on, Alice must face contradictions years in the making: How can she both love and fundamentally disagree with her husband? How complicit has she been in the trajectory of her own life? What should she do when her private beliefs run against her public persona? In Alice Blackwell, New York Times bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld has created her most dynamic and complex heroine yet. American Wife is a gorgeously written novel that weaves class, wealth, race, and the exigencies of fate into a brilliant tapestry-a novel in which the unexpected becomes inevi

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kimberly Farr

Length:

9h 17m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

04:49


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:35


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:50


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:01


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:53


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:23


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:15


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:48


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:04


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:49


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:36


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:32


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:08


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:56


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:19


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:15


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:46


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:14


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:33


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:26


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:01


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:44


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:25


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:57


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:38


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:45


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:24


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:02


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:12


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:24


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:26


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:58


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:35


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:14


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:43


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:57


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:52


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:15


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:39


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:19


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:38


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:10


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:13


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:05


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:56


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:36


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:10


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:43


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:58


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:10


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:24


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:46


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:38


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:26


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:05


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:46


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:44


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:56


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:57


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:35


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:46


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:06


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:55


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:46


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:36


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:19


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:38


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:33


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:04


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:49


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:27


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:48


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:37


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:01


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:49


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:53


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:01


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:37


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:42


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:20


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:49


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:34


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:31


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:53


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:19


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:10


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:03


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:55


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:42


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:24


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:45


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:56


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:38


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:32


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:54


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:53


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:39


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:36


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:53


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:22


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:16


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:03


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:48


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:00


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:52


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:54


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:55


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:46


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:17


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:57


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:59


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:23


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:42


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:27


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:02


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:25


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

00:33