Tuesday, July 01, 2008

2008 book 95

Curtis Sittenfeld's American Wife
OK, so this really could have been a great novel about a woman who becomes first lady somewhat begrudgingly . . . if it wasn't a thinly veiled (well, not really veiled at all) fictionalization of Laura Bush. I mean, it's well written and whatnot, but then young Laura meets young Bush and there are sex scenes and I'm right out of the story. I try not to think about Bush at all, let alone in a sexy way. I don't even know what to think about this book. What on earth possessed Sittenfeld to write this?

1 comment:

christinamerge said...

I just finished this book I was totally involved in the book until she went back to him after he was "reborn." Funnily enough, the idea that this guy could be president was so preposterous!

I understood the idea of trying to give a fictional insider account that makes Bush more sympathetic, because he does seem kind of like a frat boy out of his league, but I was left feeling dissatisfied with no clear reason why.

I definitely think it would have been a more interesting book if it hadn't followed the Bush's story.