Women's Fiction

The Aviator's Wife

Melanie Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America’s most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Drawing on the rich history of the 20th century 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.

The Aviator's Wife
by Melanie Benjamin

  • Publication Date: January 15, 2013
  • Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • ISBN-10: 0345528670
  • ISBN-13: 9780345528674

Win a Copy of
THE AVIATOR'S WIFE
by Melanie Benjamin

We have 25 copies of THE AVIATOR'S WIFE by Melanie Benjamin, which will be in stores January 15th, to give away to readers who would like to read the book and comment on it. To enter, please fill out this form by Thursday, January 17th at noon ET.

More about THE AVIATOR'S WIFE:
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 20th century --- from the late '20s to the mid-'60s --- 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.


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