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The Aviator's Wife: A Novel (edition 2013)

by Melanie Benjamin

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Title:The Aviator's Wife: A Novel
Authors:Melanie Benjamin
Info:Delacorte Press (2013), Hardcover, 416 pages
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The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin

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The story was fascinating. I learned so much about the Lindbergh legacy. The writing was only so-so in my opinion. It provided interesting discussion for our book club. ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
Thought this was a terrific historic fiction novel. What made it so good was how seamlessly Me Benjamin incorporates the fiction from the actual historic events. Throughout the book you have a feeling of actually interviewing Anne, the "voice" she is given sounds like someone from that era rather than someone writing from the "here-and-now". I had never really thought of what it must have been like to be married to such a person, how he must have coped with the events after his first historic event.

I could connect with this character and wanted to connect with her, find out why Charles did the things he did. I hoped that she could see herself for the strong person she was. ( )
  mmoj | Aug 16, 2015 |
Thought this was a terrific historic fiction novel. What made it so good was how seamlessly Me Benjamin incorporates the fiction from the actual historic events. Throughout the book you have a feeling of actually interviewing Anne, the "voice" she is given sounds like someone from that era rather than someone writing from the "here-and-now". I had never really thought of what it must have been like to be married to such a person, how he must have coped with the events after his first historic event.

I could connect with this character and wanted to connect with her, find out why Charles did the things he did. I hoped that she could see herself for the strong person she was. ( )
  mmoj | Aug 16, 2015 |
Thought this was a terrific historic fiction novel. What made it so good was how seamlessly Me Benjamin incorporates the fiction from the actual historic events. Throughout the book you have a feeling of actually interviewing Anne, the "voice" she is given sounds like someone from that era rather than someone writing from the "here-and-now". I had never really thought of what it must have been like to be married to such a person, how he must have coped with the events after his first historic event.

I could connect with this character and wanted to connect with her, find out why Charles did the things he did. I hoped that she could see herself for the strong person she was. ( )
  mmoj | Aug 16, 2015 |
Thought this was a terrific historic fiction novel. What made it so good was how seamlessly Me Benjamin incorporates the fiction from the actual historic events. Throughout the book you have a feeling of actually interviewing Anne, the "voice" she is given sounds like someone from that era rather than someone writing from the "here-and-now". I had never really thought of what it must have been like to be married to such a person, how he must have coped with the events after his first historic event.

I could connect with this character and wanted to connect with her, find out why Charles did the things he did. I hoped that she could see herself for the strong person she was. ( )
  mmoj | Aug 16, 2015 |
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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 celebrated 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.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345528670, Hardcover)

Melanie Benjamin on The Aviator’s Wife

Dimitri Maex

What was I thinking, writing a novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh?

That is a question I asked myself every time I sat down to work on The Aviator’s Wife.

For Anne Morrow Lindbergh guarded her privacy fiercely and, at times, I felt she was eluding me just to make that point! My other heroines—Alice Liddell in Alice I Have Been and Lavinia Warren Stratton in The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb—gave up their secrets easily, almost eagerly. Anne, however, did not.

But that was what attracted me to her story in the first place—because of how elusive Anne remains to this day. She is known in fragments but never completely. Some are aware of her child’s horrific kidnapping and murder. Others remember her chiefly as the shy, pretty bride of the most heroic man of his time. Many women revere her as an early feminist writer.

But few know her entire story, including her major accomplishments as an aviator in her own right, her grit and determination, her inner strength. Always she seems willing to stand in the tall shadow of her husband, Charles Lindbergh. And it was her marriage that fascinated and obsessed me; this marriage between two extraordinary and very different individuals under the relentless glare of the spotlight. This operatic life they led, through dizzying heights of accomplishment and celebrity to the devastating lows of what Anne always saw as the price they paid for flying too close to the sun.

It seemed to me, as I studied her, standing always slightly behind her husband, that there was a sly smile, a gleam in her eyes that she was always suppressing; a secret strength hidden from the world and even, at times, herself. This was the Anne Morrow Lindbergh whose story I wanted to tell. It’s time for Anne to step out from behind her husband’s shadow once and for all and be the heroine in her own epic story.

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Charles A. Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Charles A. Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh with Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh with Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr. at Next Day Hill, NJ.

Copyright: Lindbergh picture collection, 1860-1980 (inclusive). Manuscripts & Archives, Yale University

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Despite her own major achievements--she becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States--Anne Morrow Lindbergh is viewed merely as Charles Lindbergh'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.… (more)

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