Book Review: The Aviator's Wife

I didn't know much about Charles Lindbergh, other than he was a great American aviator who won the Orteig Prize for making a nonstop flight from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York, to Paris, France, that he was the father of the Lindbergh baby, Charles, Jr. who was kidnapped and killed in 1932 (the crime of the 20th century - my mom and I watched a documentary about it on the ID channel) and that the Lindy Hop dance was named after him.  I knew even less about Anne Morrow Lindbergh, the wife of Lucky Lindy.

When my local librarian recommended this novel I was intrigued.  The Aviator's Wife is written from the point of view of the first woman to obtain a glider pilot’s license: Anne Morrow Lindbergh.  She was the Lone Eagle’s wife for 45 years. It was fascinating to read about the Lindberghs'  early marriage, especially after the kidnapping and murder of their baby.  I was shocked to learn the press hounded the Lindberghs like today's papparazzi. 

Melanie Benjamin did her homework.  She read Anne's published works and diaries.  She tells the story brilliantly, staying true to historical accuracy and facts, only fictualizing the emotions and thoughts of Mrs. Lindbergh, imagining her devastation upon learning that Charles was a serial adulterer who had children with three mistresses in the late 1950s and early 1960s.  

I couldn't put this book down.  It has sparked my interest in other books about the Lindberghs as well as Anne's pulished words.  I highly recommend this one to anyone who loves historical fiction.  Check it out!


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