‘American Wife’ Becomes Amazon Bestseller

Following a string of reviews, Joyce Carol Oates takes on American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld in Sunday’s NYT BR. The book has since risen to #16 on Amazon’s bestseller list. Holds in libraries have also increased significantly.

Like the other reviewers, Oates finds the portrait of Alice/Laura  more compelling than that of Charlie/George W. 

Unlike other reviewers, she sees a metaphor in the book (which she says Sittenfeld surely did not intend);

the “American wife” is in fact the American people, or at least those millions of Americans who voted for a less-than-qualified president in two elections — the all-forgiving enabler for whom the bromide “love” excuses all.


American Wife

Curtis Sittenfeld

  • Hardcover: $26.00
  • Publisher: Random House (September 2, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1400064759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400064755
  • Audio CD: Abridged, $34.95
  • Reader: Kimberly Farr
  • Publisher: Random House; (September 2, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0739323865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739323861

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