On My Bookshelf: The Aviator’s Wife

13642950I originally picked this book up because it was the next book for my Meetup book club.  I ended up not going to the meeting.  Mostly because it was a rainy evening and I didn’t feel like driving out to the east side by myself.  Hopefully I will motivate myself better to go to the next meeting because I really do enjoy going.

Anyway, here’s what Goodreads has to say about the book: “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.”

Wow, what a book.  This book was written in the same vein as Loving Frank, about the architect Frank Lloyd Wright in that it took a real person and many real instances in their lives but fictionalized it.  I really enjoy this type of novel because I think it gives me a chance to explore topics I would probably not have explored on my own.  I vaguely knew that Anne Morrow Lindburgh was married to Charles Lindburgh, a famous pilot, and I knew that they had a child who had something happen to him but I was fuzzy on the details and didn’t know much else.

Well this book did a fabulous job of going through the history of Anne Morrow Lindburgh and their marriage as well as Charles Lindburgh’s views during World War II, of which I had no idea.  I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in fictionalized accounts of history and those who are interested in learning more about the Lindburghs.