The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

The Aviator's Wife

How much do you know about Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh?  In this work of historical fiction, Melanie Benjamin seeks to unfold the drama of this famous woman’s life and give the reader a glimpse of a woman who showed amazing courage and resilience during her turbulent life.

While I enjoyed the book, it might disappoint historical fiction purists.  Benjamin was going for the emotional effect here, and not historical accuracy.  This probably gives it more broad appeal, but for me lowered it to the ranks of a “beach read.”

*Spoiler Alert*
Don’t read any further if you don’t know much about the Lindbergh family.  If you already know the story, read on!

When I began reading, I already knew about Lindbergh, his famous flight to Paris, and his antisemitic, pro-Nazi sympathies during World War II.  Of course, I also knew about the famous kidnapping/murder case of his first-born son.  What I didn’t know, was that Lindbergh was a philanderer who fathered seven illegitimate children.  But this novel, while revealing the real Charles Lindbergh, also serves to lift up his wife Anne.  She didn’t fit the mold of the typical 1930’s newlywed.  She was an aviatrix herself, a college graduate, an accomplished author, and she managed to keep up a household for 5 living children and a husband who rarely graced her doorstep.  All this she did in the midst of terrible losses and a complete lack of privacy.  Anne Morrow Lindbergh was very impressive lady indeed.

3 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2013
402 pages

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I'm a stay-at-home mom with three kids who loves to read.
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