Portrait of Laura?

Maureen Dowd’s column today is a review/defense of American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld, a novel that draws heavily on the true story of the current First Lady. The book is not due to be released until September, but Radar magazine posted “steamy” excerpts from the book on Monday. Based on this scanty evidence, outrage has ensued.

Perhaps the most amusing comment is from an L.A. Times Opinion piece; “If you thought you could live out the final days of Bush’s term without being forced to imagine the man in the sack, think again.”

Dowd, who seems to have actually read the book, admits she’s never been able to get past the First Lady’s facade. In her view, the book does;

…there’s only one vessel that can ferry you past Laura’s moat, and that’s fiction. Ms. Sittenfeld has creatively applied her crayons to all the ambiguous blanks in the coloring book…The portraits of Laura and W. — known as Alice and Charlie Blackwell here — are trenchant and make you like them more.

The Publishers Weekly review of 7/7 is much less supportive, calling it “uneven.”

Libraries have the book on order, with comfortable holds to copy ratios.

American Wife

Curtis Sittenfeld

  • Hardcover: $26.00
  • Publisher: Random House (September 2, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1400064759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400064755

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