Wishlist Wednesday: The Aviator’s wife by Melanie Benjamin

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Wishlist Wednesday is a meme hosted by Pen to Paper, where bloggers get the chance to show which books they’ve added to their wishlist this week.

I heard about The Aviator’s wife on the Books on the Nightstand podcast last night and I cannot wait to buy it. This is a a book about Anne Morrow Lindbergh. It is a fictionalised biography, but mostly, it is the story of a rather complicated marriage.

Anne Morrow was a remarkable person. She was the first licensed female glider pilot in the US;  she was also an author and a journalist. But despite all this, she was perceived merely as the aviator’s wife. It was supposed to be a fairy-tale marriage. But it brought  heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, which to me, is a very familiar conflict.

I read Anne Morrow’s Gift from the sea years ago and I have read it many times since. The person who comes through those pages is warm and sensitive, intelligent and largely sensible, but inclined to dreaming nonetheless. That is a person that I would like to get to know better.

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