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For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the US ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’ assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. Hounded by adoring crowds and hunted by an insatiable press, Charles shields himself and his new bride from prying eyes, leaving Anne to feel her life falling back into the shadows. In the years that follow, despite her own major achievements, such as becoming the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States, Anne is viewed merely as the aviator’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness.

Drawing on the rich history of the twentieth century, from the late twenties to the mid-sixties, and featuring cameos from such notable characters as Joseph Kennedy and Amelia Earhart, The Aviator’s Wife is a vividly imagined novel of a complicated marriage, revealing both its dizzying highs and its devastating lows. With stunning power and grace, Melanie Benjamin provides new insight into what made this remarkable relationship endure.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The history is exhilarating…The Aviator’s Wife soars.”

    USA Today

  • “An intimate examination of the life and emotional mettle of Anne Morrow.”

    Washington  Post

  • “It’s hard to quit reading this intimate historical fiction.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Talented historical novelist Benjamin has a knack for picking intriguing, if somewhat obscure, women in history and making them utterly unforgettable…In true Benjamin style, it’s Anne who captures us all in this exquisite fictional take on an iconic marriage.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Remarkable…The Aviator’s Wife succeeds [in] putting the reader inside Anne Lindbergh’s life with her famous husband.”

    Denver Post

  • “[Melanie Benjamin] delivers another stellar historical novel based on the experiences of an extraordinary woman…Fictional biography at its finest.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Selected for the February 2013 Indie Next List
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