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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
Collections:Your library
Tags:Ann Morrow Lindberg, Charles Lindberg. Flying, Affairs, Self Confidence, Self Worth, Kidnapping

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The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh, daughter of an ambassador and wife of an American hero, lived her life in the shadow of the limelight, always supporting yet always suppressing her own personality. We meet Anne's parents and siblings, her famous husband and her children, and witness the tragedies in her life as author Melanie Benjamin gives life to these people in the pages of this book. Much of Anne's story is widely known - her marriage to Charles and the subsequent kidnapping and murder of her first-born. But there is more to her story that is less well-known. Charles ruled her with an iron will; her needs and wants were largely ignored and dismissed by her husband. And her life became even more sad and more repressed after the kidnapping of her son. Charles became more distant from her and his children, both emotionally and physically. Though historical fiction, much of this novel is true; all of it is fascinating. ( )
  Maydacat | Jun 30, 2015 |
historical fiction of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's life from the time she is a young lady in the shadow of her sister Elizabeth to the elderly seventy year old, widow, mother, pilot and author. I enjoyed learning more about Anne Morrow. I wasn't super excited to read the book (F2F bookclub pick) because I had already come not to like Charles Lindbergh and this book did not do anything to change that opinion of him. Another flaw was the reader, I listened to the book, read by Lorna Raver. While she is a good reader, the voice sounds elderly and this is a story being told from the older Anne Morrow's perspective but it did not fit well during the early years.
  Kristelh | Jun 16, 2015 |
Quite honestly, I did not enjoy this book. I read it for a book group and, while it was not badly written and was based on what must have been some fairly exhaustive study of the Lindbergh family, I had two major problems with it. The first one is my own personal concern about the invasiveness of novelizations of this sort based on the lives of people who still have living family who knew them and remember them. It seems presumptuous and inappropriate, particularly in a family that suffered so much from publicity and public invasiveness of their private lives. Secondly, the novel too often comes across as a romance novel, a genre of fiction that, while it has its place and its adherents, is not a particular favorite of mine. ( )
  turtlesleap | May 28, 2015 |
This fictionalized account tells the story of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Charles Lindbergh’s wife. Benjamin has written a wonderful historical fiction tale, particularly recommends the audio version. The story starts with Anne and Charles’ courtship and continues through the tragedies and triumphs of their marriage. Benjamin does a great job exploring Anne’s growth in an independent woman with feminist ideas.
  ktoonen | Dec 13, 2014 |
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I requested this book because I knew very little about the Lindberghs other than the common knowledge about the kidnapping/murder of their child and Charles' aviation feats. I now know a little more about Anne and Charles and what I learned showed that they were very human and not necessarily that likeable. I am intrigued though about the books that they wrote and may read them someday. Overall, I'm glad I read the book and equally glad that I'm finished reading it. ( )
  knlinwi | Dec 3, 2014 |
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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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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.

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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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