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By Curtis Sittenfeld

On what may well turn into the most major days in her husband’s presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the unusual and not likely course that has led her to the White House–and the repercussions of a lifestyles lived, as she places it, “almost towards itself.”

A type, bookish in basic terms baby born within the Forties, Alice discovered the virtues of politeness early on from her stolid mom and dad and small Wisconsin place of birth. yet a sad twist of fate while she was once seventeen shattered her identification and made her comprehend the fragility of existence and the tenuousness of good fortune. So greater than a decade later, whilst she met boisterous, charismatic Charlie Blackwell, she hardly ever gave him a re-assessment: She was once severe and considerate, and he might relatively crack a comic story than provide a true perception; he was once the rich son of a bastion relations of the Republican celebration, and he or she used to be a faculty librarian and registered Democrat. cozy in her quiet and unassuming existence, she felt inured to his charms. after which, a lot to her shock, Alice fell for Charlie.

As Alice learns to make her approach amid the clannish strength and arrogant self belief of the Blackwell family members, navigating the unusual rituals in their state membership and summer season property, she is still uneasy together with her newfound success. And whilst Charlie ultimately turns into President, Alice is thrust right into a place she didn't seek–one of strength and effect, privilege and accountability. As Charlie’s tumultuous and arguable moment time period within the White apartment wears on, Alice needs to face contradictions years within the making: How can she either love and essentially disagree together with her husband? How complicit has she been within the trajectory of her personal existence? What should still she do while her inner most ideals run opposed to her public persona?

In Alice Blackwell, long island occasions bestselling writer Curtis Sittenfeld has created her so much dynamic and intricate heroine but. American spouse is a gorgeously written novel that weaves type, wealth, race, and the exigencies of destiny right into a very good tapestry–a novel within which the unforeseen turns into inevitable, and the pleasures and ache of intimacy and love are laid naked.

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O uso desses substantivos talvez substituíssem seu nome e prescindiam do verbo enamorar-se. Pensei que o ciúme pudesse ter sido a causa do seu fim; mas, de qualquer forma, o seu filho, ao encontrar uma mulher, vingaria o pai. Morei alguns anos no povoado, conheci os rios mais adustos e logo aprendi que o comércio, além das quatro operações elementares, exige malícia, destemor e o descaso (senão o desrespeito) a certos preceitos do Alcorão. Ter vindo a Manaus foi meu último impulso aventureiro; decidi fixar-me nessa cidade porque, ao ver de longe a cúpula do teatro, recordei-me de uma mesquita que jamais 74 75 tinha visto, mas que constava nas histórias dos livros da infância e na descrição de um hadji da minha terra.

Corri para ver o que acontecia, e vi um dos meus irmãos arrastando uma das nossas ex-empregadas com um bebê entre os braços. Emilie surgiu de não sei onde, apartando um do outro, e tentando acalmálos. Ela acompanhou a mulher até o portão e, ao despedir-se dela, cochichou algo no seu ouvido. A mulher levou a criança à Parisiense e contou coisas a meu pai. Foi uma das poucas vezes que o vi cego de ódio, os olhos incendiados de fúria. Eu estava de pé, ao lado da janela da copa, olhando ora para a gravura de um livro de viagens, ora para uma abóbada de folhas cinzentas movimentando-se no quintal, quando o pai irrompeu na casa; fiquei estatelado ao divisar seu corpo alto e um pouco curvado surgir no vão da porta; levava enroscado no punho o cinturão, tal uma serpente negra e delgada; a sua maneira de subir a escada era inconfundível: dava passadas espaçosas, calcando o pé no degrau, e a mão esquerda roçava o corrimão: o atrito dá pele com a madeira emitia, em breves intervalos, ruídos agudos, uma espécie de silvado; escutei com temor o corre-corre, o salve-se-quempuder, e escutei também, pela primeira vez nos seus acessos de fútia, uma frase em português; gritou, entre pontapés e murros na porta, que um filho seu não pode escarrar como um animal dentro do corpo de uma mulher.

E no instante mesmo em que abriu a boca para falar, Emilie cobriu o rosto com as mãos e balbuciou umas palavras que não entendi, como também não entendi as poucas palavras pronunciadas por teu pai, com uma voz grave que ele conservaria até a morte. Casaram poucos meses após o enterro de Emir. Seria inútil dizer que teu pai não acompanhou o féretro, como não o faria alguns anos depois, com a morte dos teus avós, acontecida longe daqui, à beira-mar. Nessa época eu me ausentara da cidade, mas soube que ambos deixaram este mundo quando ainda eras chichuta; deves ter estranhado, pois ficaste algumas semanas sem Emilie.

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