The Aviator’s Wife
Melanie Benjamin Pages: 396 Published: 2013
The book: Anne Morrow first meets the dashing Colonel Lindbergh when she’s a shy college senior spending her Christmas vacation with her family in Mexico. Whilst Anne is in awe of the great hero, she is sure Lindbergh has barely noticed her. However, she has most definitely made an impression on him, and they will soon be married. This is a fictional account of Charles and Anne Lindbergh’s marriage.
You might like it because: Benjamin does a marvelous job of bringing Charles, and in particular, Anne, to life. She grounds her story in facts and creates a believable relationship between the two that makes for compelling reading.
What did other people say?
“Exhilarating…Anne Morrow Lindbergh narrates the story of the Lindberghs’ troubled marriage in all its triumph and tragedy.” – USA Today
“Reimagines the life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of Charles, revealing the greater woman behind the great man.” – Ladies’ Home Journal
Awards & Recognition:
New York Times Best Seller
How quickly will you get into the book? In the prologue, the narrator, Anne Lindbergh, makes it clear that their marriage was not without problems. That left me curious to learn more. From there the story builds and garnered my interest. By the end of chapter 1 I was caught up in their lives and wanted to read on.
You might not like it because: For many people, Charles Lindbergh is a hero. But in reality he was obnoxious in many ways and treated his wife and family appallingly. If you want your heroes to remain on pedestals, then don’t read this.
What might you read next?
Read about another female pilot in Circling The Sun, by Paula McLain. It’s a fictionalized account of Beryl Markham’s life.
This quote appears on the flyleaf of the Aviator’s Wife: “But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart.” Pick up the book; the quote is taken from The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Or, if you like historical biographies, try The Big Show, by Pierre Clostermann. He was a French fighter pilot during World War II.