Sunday, May 24, 2015

Book Review: The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Novel.  Historical Fiction.  I read this in January 2015.  It is one of the fiction book club selections for CLPL (August 2015).  I read this trying to keep up with their reads for the year when I have time, but I may be able to make this one, it just depends when the faculty meetings begin for Fall semester.  This work is based on the life of Anne Morrow, the wife of Charles Lindbergh.

Depending on how much of this is true and how much of it is fiction, the fine line walked with works of historical fiction, Charles Lindbergh was definitely a class-A jerk, and it is amazing what Anne Morrow went through to support him.  He treated her like an accessory, always depending on her to hop on board when he wanted her there in the plane, but to stay put at home and have no life of her own the rest of the time.  She was most definitely and introvert, but although quiet and shy, she had a strong personality of her own and made it through personal struggles and public scrutiny with bravery and class.  Since I do not know much about the historical truth of these matters, I was able to be involved in the story without trying to argue with its accuracy.  So, unfortunately, I cannot say with certainty whether or not fans of Lindbergh and aviation history would like this book.

I recommend this work to those who like historical fiction, who want to learn more about the famous couple whose baby was kidnapped, about the history of aviation in the U.S., and who are looking for a role model for introverts everywhere.  She was an interesting woman.

And so it goes...

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