New Novel Due Out About a First Lady Whom We May…or May Not…Know

There’s going to be a new book out shortly before election day, and the presumed protagonist is one of the people who will be leaving the White House a few months after that.

The book, “American Wife” is by Curtis Sittenfeld , the author of “Prep”. It is essentially an imagining of the life, from childhood through the White House, of Laura Bush. Sittenfeld has changed many but not all of the details; the First Lady for example is known as Alice Blackwell (changed), and her husband’s Presidency has been become an unpopular one (unchanged).

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