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

Melanie Benjamin
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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“The history is exhilarating. . . . The Aviator’s Wife soars. . . . Anne Morrow Lindbergh narrates the story of the Lindberghs’ troubled marriage in all its triumph and tragedy.”USA Today

“Remarkable . . . The Aviator’s Wife succeeds [in] putting the reader inside Anne Lindbergh’s life with her famous husband.”The Denver Post

“[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
 
“Melanie Benjamin inhabits Anne Morrow Lindbergh completely, freeing her from the shadows of her husband’s stratospheric fame.”—Isabel Wolff, author of A Vintage Affair


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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
 
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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

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1678 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345528670
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (Jan. 15 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0092EE3K8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well written and thought-provoking Feb. 13 2013
By Laura Fabiani TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
About 4 years ago I read Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and liked the gems of wisdom I found in that little book written in the 50s with advice still relevant to women of the 21st century. And though I knew of Charles Lindbergh, I didn't know as much about his wife, which is why I was so excited to read Melanie Benjamin's The Aviator's Wife, a novel that succeeds so well in painting a portrait of this extraordinary woman.

Most, like me, may just have known Anne Morrow Lindbergh as the wife of the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean from America to France. Or perhaps as an author, for she has written several books. But after reading this book, we get to know a whole lot more about Anne; her accomplishment as co-pilot with Charles as she helped him chart routes for airlines; their struggle with being hounded by the media; how the kidnapping and murder of their firstborn baby boy affected both her and Charles, and later in life how she dealt with her husband's lack of presence as he flew off constantly for work.

Although it was difficult not to admire and marvel at the work of Charles Lindbergh, I did not like him as a person, or rather as a character in this book. Benjamin does an amazing job of getting the reader on board with a mix of emotions as we read of Anne, her triumphs and mistakes as she supports her husband, (in situations when I'm sure I would not have done so); lives through the unimaginable events of losing a baby boy with the media feasting on every aspect of this news; and loves her husband to the end, appreciating the joys they experienced together even with all the bad hoopla their fame brought them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Aviator,s Wife by Melanie Benjamin Feb. 20 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this,based on fact,novel.It is a story of dedication,devotion, and disillusion. One learns that,sometimes we need to take off our "rose colored glasses" if we are to become all that we can. It is a soaring love story filled with love,family,and adventure. If you enjoyed :Above All Things" I am confident you will also enjoy this beautiful,well written,book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh so good March 24 2013
By Jilla Lonsdale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Love this book -- a true behind the scenes look at an American hero -- flaws and all ...
Anne Morriw Lindbergh is someone I would have loved to have met and her story comes alive in this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read Jan. 5 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very enjoyable book. romance and educational as well. entertaining and fun with history thrown in. reccommend this book especially for book club reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read Dec 14 2013
By Paul Chana TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
A fascinating book to read. Sucked me in. Melanie Benjamin has a unique writing style and his narration flows so smoothly. The story brings to time Josef in Disciples of Fortune. I like stories of heroes who embrace their destinies. Overall, a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book Nov. 1 2013
By Susan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Could not put it down!!! Excellent writing. Keeps you interested right from the beginning and holds your attention throughout. Highly recommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Starts off slow, but worth reading Oct. 5 2013
By cleo
Format:Hardcover
I knew about Lindbergh's Nazi leanings, but did not know about the other shocking secrets in his life, which is one of the reasons this book will hold your interest. The story is from Anne's perspective and focuses on the double edged sword of hero worship and her struggles to become her own person as she tries to cope with a very domineering, (an understatement), Charles Lindbergh. It was very slow going for the first 50 or so pages as the young Anne is such a gushing, submissive innocent but as soon as she marries, the pace and the tone of the book pick up. It's an interesting work of historical fiction and generated a lot of discussion in our book club, particularly about the evolution of women's roles in the first half of the 20th. century, the impact of hero worship on someone's life and also lots of discussion about Lindbergh's character. He is certainly a textbook example of why you don't want to assume that heroic characteristics are an integral aspect of someone's personality because of the incredible, heroic accomplishments they have achieved in other spheres of their life, which in Lindbergh's case was pushing the boundaries of aviation possibilities like no other before him.
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