The Aviator's Wife

The Aviator's Wife

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Despite her own major achievements--she becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States--Anne Morrow Lindbergh is viewed merely as Charles Lindbergh'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.
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780345528681
Branch Call Number: FIC BENJ
Characteristics: 402 pages ; 22 cm


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HCL_staff_reviews Aug 14, 2019

Written as though Anne Morrow Lindbergh herself was telling the story, this historical novel always kept me eager to continue reading. The novel begins when quiet Anne attends college and her ambassador father introduces her to famous aviator Charles Lindbergh. To her amazement, he chooses her over her beautiful older sister. After their whirlwind courtship and then wedding, Anne begins to see glimmers of her husband's difficult and domineering ways. The novel covers their flights together with Anne as Charles' co-pilot, their baby's kidnapping, Charles' unpopular political views and then his secret past. Anne matures and comes into her own as a person. Well researched and engrossing, the story made me want to reread Anne's classic Gift From the Sea. — Kim B., Ridgedale Library

Oct 23, 2017

This novel shows that sometimes the life that you have chosen has more heartbreak than love and happiness.

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Dec 02, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have been a fan of Anne Morrow Lindbergh since first reading her own book, "A Gift From the Sea" ---- so it was fascinating to find out more about her life and marriage to the famous Charles Lindbergh. The ending was a surprise. If you like historical fiction, I would absolutely recommend this book.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 10, 2016

An historical fiction novel set in a more modern era, this was not a book I expected to like as much as I did. How fascinating to learn the intricacies of such an extraordinary couple struggling with sometimes very ordinary constraints of the times in which they lived. I was impressed by the emotional depth given to Anne, the book carries an air of honesty to it.

Oct 15, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. I didn't know much about the story before I started reading it but I learned a lot and it has made me curious to read about the actual history of the Lindburgh's! I definitely recommend this!

CatherineG_1 Dec 19, 2015

Melanie Benjamin's book starts off slowly with how the Lindberghs met until his death in 1974.
The author said she blended facts and some fiction to write this story.
Loved learning more about Anne Morrow Lindbergh and her role as a pioneer in aviation history.
Was disappointed about some of the startling facts she shared about Charles Lindbergh.

Oct 20, 2015

I have read ALL of Anne Morrow's published books, as well as those of her daughter, Reeve Morrow, which brought insight as to her parents' relationship. I also read "Anne Morrow Lindberg, Her Life", by Susan Hertog. I would highly recommend Reeve and Ms. Hertog's books. Ms Hertog spent five years researching Anne's life, complete with many interviews with Anne herself and access to personal family papers. Her book is the TRUE story (endorsed and supported by Anne herself). I have not read Benjamin's book, nor do I care to do so. Fictional biography is just that, FICTION (as well as any "emotions" therein). If you want the true story, please read Ms. Hertog's excellent book, as well as Reeve's and Anne's own diaries.

Oct 20, 2015

I enjoyed the book and found the writing competent. It was not easy for a woman from that era to stand out for herself. I learned about the Lindberghs. Benjamin states in a note at the end that the fictional part is all in the emotions of the characters - I find her account realistic. She writes that even journals and autobiographies are self-censored when it comes to emotions, and I find her exploration into the emotions of Charles and Anne to be competently developed. Benjamin is a good writer of historical fiction and I follow her publications with interest.

May 10, 2015

read this for book club. can't recommend it. writing not great and the fake ending puts an unfair spin on Anne's life. the positive is that it has sent me to investigate who AML really was through some of her own writing and that of her daughter Reeve.

Sep 28, 2014

This is the worst book I have read in a long time. If you want to read about either of the Lindbergh's lives I would recommend reading a non-fiction book. The writing is overwrought and under-edited. I would have quit reading it at chapter 2, as others mentioned, except it was for a book club. So I forced myself to finish it. I'm not sure I understand the author's attempt to try to make Anne a sympathetic fictional character in light of the choices Anne made. Certainly, divorce wasn't as common as it is now, but she had the means to leave Charles. As she did not leave Charles, and even supported him in her writing and in public when he revealed his support of the Nazis and anti-Semitism, it seems that either she was weak/abused or agreed with him. Only Anne can tell us which it was. It is beyond presumptuous for the author to speak for Anne on these sorts of topics.

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keni415 May 23, 2014

Loved this book! New respect for Anne Morrow Lindbergh and what she put up with being married to an American hero. He wasn't all he was cut out to be!


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