The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin
A Novel

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11 Critic Reviews

...Benjamin maintains interest, even suspense, as readers wonder when Anne’s healthy rebellious instincts will burst the bonds of her dutiful deference.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, acclaimed novelist Melanie Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America’s most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
 
“The history [is] exhilarating. . . . The Aviator’s Wife soars.”—USA Today
 
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When Anne Morrow, a shy college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family, 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 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. In the years that follow, Anne becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States. But despite this and other major achievements, she 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.
 
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Praise for The Aviator’s Wife
 
“Remarkable . . . The Aviator’s Wife succeeds [in] putting the reader inside Anne Lindbergh’s life with her famous husband.”—The Denver Post

“Anne Morrow Lindbergh narrates the story of the Lindberghs’ troubled marriage in all its triumph and tragedy.”—USA Today
 
“[This novel] will fascinate history buffs and surprise those who know of her only as ‘the aviator’s wife.’ ”—People
 
“It’s hard to quit reading this intimate historical fiction.”—The Dallas Morning News
 
“Fictional biography at its finest.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Utterly unforgettable.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“An intimate examination of the life and emotional mettle of Anne Morrow.”—The Washington Post

“A story of both triumph and pain that will take your breath away.”—Kate Alcott, author of The Dressmaker
 

About Melanie Benjamin

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Melanie Benjamin is a pseudonym for Melanie Hauser, the author of two contemporary novels. Her first work of historical fiction as Melanie Benjamin was Alice I Have Been. She lives in Chicago, where she is at work on her next historical novel.
 
Published January 15, 2013 by Delacorte Press. 417 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Aviator's Wife
All: 11 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Good
on Dec 03 2012

...Benjamin maintains interest, even suspense, as readers wonder when Anne’s healthy rebellious instincts will burst the bonds of her dutiful deference.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jan 14 2013

In true Benjamin style, it's Anne who captures us all in this exquisite fictional take on an iconic marriage.

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Blog Critics

Below average
Reviewed by Ladybelle Fiske on May 20 2013

...I wish that she had not tried to tell the story in a first-person voice. It is grating to those who know the true person’s voice, with all its beauty and all its errors, very well.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Bronwyn Miller on Jan 17 2013

...Melanie Benjamin shows us the indispensable woman behind the legendary man...one who soared to great heights and descended into unimaginable depths, emerging stronger for the journey.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Jan 01 2013

Reading this book, I realized the power of historical fiction to send us on a journey of discovery...

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RT Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Kathe Robin on Feb 19 2013

By bringing Anne out of the shadows, and allowing her spirit to soar, Benjamin presents a portrait of a woman caught between tragedy and triumph.

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Dallas News

Above average
Reviewed by Anne Morris on Feb 15 2013

The novel benefits from what the Lindberghs themselves have written about their lives, in diaries and essays. Yet, that very body of writing can sometimes make this additional book feel almost beside the point.

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Open Letters Monthly

Good
Reviewed by Steve Donoghue on Feb 19 2013

Casual browsers will drawn in by Barbara Bachman’s stunning cover design...but Benjamin’s generous talents – she’s a novelist at the top of her game – will keep them reading.

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Denver Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Robin Vidimos on Feb 10 2013

Melanie Benjamin is adept at using the well-documented facts of their lives...in putting the reader inside Anne's life with her famous husband.

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The Roanoke Times

Above average
Reviewed by Linda Rimel on Feb 19 2013

Despite the amount of explaining she does of Anne’s emotions, the story doesn’t drag.

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Palatine Public Library

Good
Reviewed by CarlyT on Jan 16 2013

This compassionate look at the inner workings of a difficult marriage is...perfect for readers who enjoy stories with complex characters.

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