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.
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.
©2013 Melanie Benjamin (P)2013 Random House Audio
I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have 5 grown children, play ukuele exercise, and read.
I had very limited knowledge of Anne Lindberg. This is an excellent story. I oFten sat in my car waiting for a chapter to complete.
How it was told in past and present.
She was an amazing reader. I saw one reviewer who didn't like her voice. This has caused me to be cautious about some books as the reader makes or breaks a story. The magic of this reader is to remember that the story is basically being told past tense by an old woman. Once I realized this, I loved the reader.
The rest of the story!
This is a fantastic book. I bought 2 copies from Amazon and sent them to my mother and sister.
I felt like I was getting a whole new perspective of the era and the people involved. I learned many facts about Lindberg and Anne that I was totally unaware from previous reading material.
It was easy to understand her fear and dislike of the media.
Yes, the story telling was done so well, so filled with emotion.
It was the kidnapping of thier first born. I felt her anguish, her fear and all of the raw emotions a mother would feel for her baby.
No. The narrator's voice did not appeal to me; it did not seem to fit with the character of Anne Morrow LIndbergh to me.
Nancy Horan's book, Loving Frank - historical fiction with good research and insight into true lives.
Tone and voice. I had an entirely different experience when I read it in print.
Anne - it's her story
Yes, because I enjoyed it.
When she took her first solo flight.
Exceptional expression, capturing each character.
No just enjoyed it.
This was my first audio book, only negative comment would be that it was not that easy to go back to re-read (listen) to a particular paragraph or page.
I really enjoyed this book, I knew the name of Charles Lindbergh before listening to the book but the details revealed were so interesting it prompted me to research him a little more. Of course the author addresses the fact that no one really knows what the feelings of Ann Lindbergh truly were but the book completely draws you into what might have been her feelings in her world. I really loved the story and the story made me love Ann Lindbergh.
I would defitely recommend this book,well written,audio fits the bill and the subject is gripping, covering success and trgic circumstances and a disparity in their valiues and sexual pecadilloes which should have torn them apart but they appear to have held together until the end. An American saga.
The apparent inner thoughts of an upper class American woman coming to grips with a marriage to an American figure of heroic proportions from a very different background..
A Heroine's Tale
This was truly a fabulous read! Author brings Ann to life in a truthful, sensitive, honest story.
Can't wait to read Lorna Rever's other books now!
While I was somewhat familiar with the life of Charles Lindbergh, I did not realize the extent of Anne's roll in the life of Charles or aviation. I especially appreciated the personal feel that Ms. Benjamin conveyed. I like Historical fiction because it takes events and makes them real and possible for the reader to relate.
Yes, very interesting story and a whole other side to the Lindberghs
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Performance was good, but think it would have been better if a man voiced the male parts.
Perfect name, wouldn't change it
You will like this if you like The Paris Wife
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