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The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

The Aviator's Wife: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Melanie Benjamin
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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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

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1678 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (15 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0092EE3K8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,530 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars MARRIAGE UNDER A MICROSCOPE 12 Feb 2013
By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
In the spirit of Loving Frank and Hemingway's Girl, author Melanie Benjamin gives readers a behind the scenes look at the marriage of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Everyone knows the "Lucky Lindy" whose solo flight across to Paris brought him fame and fortune. We also know the Charles and Anne whose tragic loss of their first-born child made them fodder for the salacious press that hounded them until they left the country of their birth seeking solice on foreign shores. But what is the real story behind this couple. Was Charles, a believer in eugenics and a self-avowed admirer of Adolph Hitler, really an anti-semetic Nazi sympathizer or just a misguided patriot attempting to save his country from involvement in another war? Granted, this is historical fiction and Benjamin has done her due diligence in researching the lives of this couple, but the picture she paints, particularly of Charles, is not a pretty one.

For this reader, neither Charles the control freak nor the subservient and complacent Anne offered much to admire. The revelation (or at least it was a revelation to me) that Charles fathered seven children with three other women in addition to the six he had with Anne did a lot to tarnish his "heroic" image. Add to that the manner in which he cajoled his wife into espousing his political beliefs as her own while he isolated her under the guise of protecting his family from the outside world but in reality was only abandoning them to pursue his own "outside interests". While Benjamin never comes right out and says it, she does infer that the Pulitzer Prize Charles was awarded for penning THE SPIRIT OF SAINT LOUIS was in fact largely written by Anne (the writer in the family).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Captivating 10 Jun 2013
This fiction is the story of Anne Lindbergh the wife of the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh. In her notes, the author clearly writes that while the basic timeline is accurate, her motivation was to tell Anne's entire story and make her the heroine. Some parts are the factual skeleton of the story although its mind and heart are the work of her vivid imagination.

The first person narrative captures remarkably Anne's life: a deeply intelligent, courageous and resilient woman who was too often overshadowed by the dominant personality of her husband. While the story is of a marriage it is primarily the story of a pioneering aviatrix: the first American woman to earn a glider pilot's license, a fearless navigator and one of the first licensed radio operators who became her famous husband co-pilot.

We have of course the familiar and tragic side that everyone knows. In details we see how along with her husband they were continually hounded by the press and needed to wear disguises in order to go out in public. How Anne grieved over the loss of her firstborn in private because her husband forbade her to do so in public. Never contradicting him and tried to justify his isolationist leanings prior to WW11 and build an entire life for herself and her children when Charles all but abandoned them in his increasing unrest after the conflict ended. She then learned to talk back and to tell her own story famously in "Gift from the Sea". Anne also had a surprising adulterous affair in middle age, refused to be buried next to her husband, this national hero who had three secret families including seven additional children. Of course I am only mentioning a few of the events mentioned in the novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written book with many interesting facts 1 May 2013
By robinp
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved it! I very much enjoy the fictional biography/autobiography style and Melanie Benjamin does it so well! A pretty significant number of people are already familiar with many aspects of the life of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, but so much of it just the most basic details, since they tried so hard to shield the details of their lives from the world. An excellent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 2 April 2013
By Robita
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Well researched and written book. Great to read about a famous person's life through the eyes of his wife. Never knew what a fantastic female role model Anne Lindenburgh is in her own right.
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