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The acclaimed word-of-mouth bestseller about the marriage of an American First Lady- A rich, utterly absorbing, powerful story of how an ordinary girl from an unremarkable town grows up to become First Lady of the United States.

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Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of the word-of-mouth bestseller American Wife, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize, as was her first novel, Prep, a New York Times bestseller. Sisterland, her fourth novel, was a Richard & Judy Book Club pick, and her most recent Sunday Times bestseller was Eligible, a contemporary retelling of Pride & Prejudice. Her books are translated into 25 languages. She is married, with two young children, and lives in the American Mid-West. Visit her website, www.curtissittenfeld.com


Another hit for Sittenfeld after Prep and The Man of My Dreams? Here, unassuming Alice Blackwell goes from small-town girl to First Lady. With a ten-city tour. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Such an accomplished work of fiction... a thoughtful and compelling examination of the mechanics of family and marriage... Knowing and knowledgeable, yet also inventive and original, American Wife is a thrilling combination of history and surprises * Guardian *
Superbly well-written - one of the most absorbing books of the year * Evening Standard *
Thoroughly enjoyable. The plot is beautifully paced, the writing quick, clear, absorbing... A sweeping saga * The Times *
A powerful, utterly compelling and strangely moving fictional account of a First Lady who bears more than a passing resemblance to Laura Bush * Daily Mirror *
I was utterly absorbed in this story of a political marriage and a wife who has her own reasons. Curtis Sittenfeld has thrown a powerful light on small town America and its misunderstood values
My favourite book of the year * Kate Atkinson *
A quietly riveting parable... thought-provoking, entertaining and full of subtle reflections on class and marriage * Daily Mail *
A classic story, with a langorous pace and a fierce literary integrity... Sittenfeld has provided a plausible secret history of an American embarrassment - and a grand entertainment
American Wife is easily one of the best books written so far this century. It is honest, wonderful and smart as hell, the kind of book that you try to eke out to make it last as long as possible * Guardian *
This is one of the finest American novels of 2008 * New Statesman *
Curtis Sittenfeld is an amazing writer, and American Wife is a brave and moving novel about the intersection of private and public life in America. Ambitious and humble at the same time, Sittenfeld refuses to trivialize or simplify people, whether real or imagined
The scope and detail of American Wife are reminiscent of Richard Russo. Like Russo, she creates characters from the ground up, ancestry, neighborhood, culture and all... Her characters are carefully rendered and the story is well-constructed * Los Angeles Times *
Vastly entertaining... It is an intelligent, well-crafted, psychologically astute novel * New York Sun *
Weaves fate, family, marriage, wealth and power into an absorbing story * Mail on Sunday *
Utterly brilliant
This engagingly candid First Lady is belssed with so many attractive qualities that her story grips from the very beginning. Full marks to Curtis Sittenfeld * Sunday Telegraph *
Best book: I was on the beach in Croatia recently and it was the one book that quite a few women were lying there reading. It was surreal * Best *
I truly can't believe what a great writer Sittenfeld is, she's fantastic * The Herald *
A deft, funny and revealing story... This clever and convincing portrait of human frailty is a reminder that perhaps none of us is what we might seem. An honest and insightful story of a marriage, and a refreshing take on recent history * Psychologies *
When people ask for book recommendations I often press Curtis Sittenfeld's magnificent third novel, American Wife, into their hands. This loosely fictionalised life of former first lady Laura Bush has a rare and magical combination of accessibility, wit and serious thinking. * The Times *

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