Saturday, January 17, 2009

American Wife

Very good. Even more memorable if you promise not to read the front jacket of the book before you start reading it. You will be rewarded with a richer reading experience and more unforgettable characters instead of falling back on simple stereotypes--I promise.

Here's the beginning of the publisher's blurb (my apologies for not writing an original one):
"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."

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