Search - The Aviator's Wife

The Aviator's Wife
The Aviator's Wife
Author: Melanie Benjamin
In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, acclaimed novelist Melanie Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America's most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.   For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of thos...  more »
The Market's bargain prices are even better for Paperbackswap club members!
Retail Price: $26.00
Buy New (Hardcover): $17.89 (save 31%) or
Become a PBS member and pay $13.99+1 PBS book credit (save 46%)
ISBN-13: 9780345528674
ISBN-10: 0345528670
Publication Date: 1/15/2013
Pages: 416
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 45 ratings
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Audio CD
Members Wishing: 10
Reviews: Member | Amazon | Write a Review

Top Member Book Reviews

reviewed The Aviator's Wife on + 46 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Wow. It is truly possible to like a book - the way it is written, the lovely language, the flow...and absolutely HATE the main characters. I know, because I enjoyed the way that Melanie Benjamin told the tale of the fairy-tale Lindberghs, but I had real difficulties with both of them.

I knew what most people know about Charles Lindbergh before I started this book. He was the first to fly a plane alone across the Atlantic. His baby son was kidnapped and was killed.

However, if what Melanie Benjamin tells us is true, he was a horrid, loathsome person. He was cold, manipulating, unemotional, bigoted and selfish. I've rarely met a character in a novel I've disliked more, whether based on a real person or totally imaginary. And as much as I wanted to pity Anne, his wife, I ended up angry with her much of the time. I so wanted to shake her! She knew exactly what kind of person her husband was, and yet she did not have the self-respect and faith in herself to leave him. Her family was wealthy - supporting herself and her children was not the problem. Her problem was her obsession with this horrible man.

I ended up really disliking both of them in many ways. If these people truly were like the people portrayed in Ms. Benjamin's novel, I'm very glad I didn't know them.

The book itself was wonderfully written, and I continued through with it even though I hated the couple in question. That says volumes about the author's ability to tell an absorbing story.
reviewed The Aviator's Wife on
Helpful Score: 2
This book is well written, entertaining and informative. So much that I did not know about this period of time. I knew of the Lindbergh's but not the complete story. While I learned a lot, I learned it through reading an enjoyable book. I couldn't put it down and was up till 2:30 am several nights reading it. Anne Morrow Lindbergh was inspiring woman. A quiet woman who stood in the shadows of her famous husband and father. Her own accomplishments were overlooked and yet she kept going. Having read several books on wives of famous husbands- this book is much different. Anne Morrow Lindbergh is very likeable. She is an author diplomat and an accomplished aviator. She represents what so many of us have strive to be,and what we dream of being. You will love this book! I look forward to them making a movie of it sometime in the future!
reviewed The Aviator's Wife on + 276 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I am just finishing up this book and I have totally enjoyed it. It is packed full of behind the scenes info that is really an eye opener. There was so much I did not know about this famous man and his left in the shadows wife and this book will not be forgotten for some time.
reviewed The Aviator's Wife on + 357 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Melanie Benjamin has written a riveting novel told from the first-person viewpoint of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, who is an ambassador's daughter, an accomplished writer, a mother, an aviatrix and THE aviator's wife. All of these descriptions shape and define her, but none more so than her marriage to the enigmatic Charles Lindbergh.

The diffident, idealistic Anne at the beginning of the novel is not the Anne at its end. During the course of her marriage to Charles, she suffered unimaginable heartbreak when her first child was kidnapped and murdered, confusion about her role in her rigid husband's life and inconceivable betrayal by a man with the title of "hero." This book was obviously well researched and provides an insight, although fictionalized, into the complicated marriage of two diverse individuals whose mark on 20th century history is well known.
Read All 7 Book Reviews of "The Aviators Wife"

Please Log in to Rate these Book Reviews

reviewed The Aviator's Wife on + 2530 more book reviews
Melanie Benjamin takes on one of the greatest heroes of the twentieth century in her new book, "The Aviator's Wife." The story is told by Anne Morrow, soon to become Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

Colonel Lindbergh is as handsome and boyish as the newsreels have shown him to be when Anne meets him. She is sure he will fall for her older sister, but to her surprise, he enjoys her quiet company and her willingness to chance an adventure. Though her life as an ambassador's daughter has prepared her for society, Anne is much more comfortable out of the spotlight. The same is true of Charles.

The excesses of a celebrity-mad culture disturb them at every turn. Charles and Anne have to fly to find their peace, their time to feel united in a cause. Once they are on the ground, photographers and reporters make their lives a misery. If they aren't given an interview, they make things up.

Benjamin ably handles the heartbreak of the loss of their first-born son, Charlie, when he is kidnapped. The fog of grief, the lack of privacy, and her husband's determination that he alone can solve the mystery contribute to the crisis in the household. Once the child's body is found, Charles instructs Anne that they must go on. They must not stop and grieve, for it will not bring him back.

Lindbergh comes off as a highly discipline and yet naive man, one who loves airplanes and adventures. He is not someone to hand out compliments or try to feel another's pain. All the while, Anne continues at his side: co-piloting, writing, visiting foreign countries.