She finds some comfort in writing unsolicited and unanswered letters to famous aviatrixes, especially to Anne Morrow Lindbergh, with whom she empathizes for the loss of her child. Though Henry, too, eventually quits flying, years later he encourages Ruth to renew her dream, to fly solo at last, at the age of But Ruth and Henry then disappear during a Thanksgiving holiday, and their grown children must piece together the events of their last days. The trove of Ruth's letters reveals to them the desires and hopes she had long hidden.
Hughes tells Ruth's story quietly and compassionately, and readers may brush away tears at the novel's affecting ending. Anti-Bride Etiquette Guide. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles's assurance and fame, Anne is certain the aviator has scarcely noticed her.
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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—she becomes 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. Praise for The Aviator's Wife "Remarkable. Edition - Unabridged. Subjects - Fiction Historical Fiction. Languages: - English. Copies - Available:. Library copies:. Levels - ATOS:. Due to publisher restrictions the library cannot purchase additional copies of this title, and we apologize if there is a long waiting list.
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Down to earth. Can you believe Daddy would say that about an aviator, of all people? This was the third letter she'd written today! He's so down to earth! I was just thinking out loud. I wouldn't say anything like that in person. Away from them, I could be confident, almost careless, with my words and ideas. Once, someone even called me vivacious although to be honest, he was a college freshman intoxicated by bathtub gin and his first whiff of expensive perfume.
I imagined that they carried it with them, even when we were all scattered; I fancied each one of them humming the tune of this family symphony in their heads as they went about their busy lives. So it always took me longer to remember my part in this domestic song and dance. Particularly around Dwight, now a senior at Groton; my brother had grown paler, prone to strange laughing fits, almost reverting to childhood at times, even as physically he was fast maturing into a carbon copy of our father.
Elisabeth was the same as ever, and I was the same as ever around her; no longer a confident college senior, I was diminished in her golden presence. In the stale air of the train car, I felt as limp and wrinkled as the sad linen dress I was wearing. While she looked as pressed and poised as a mannequin, not a wrinkle or smudge on her smart silk suit, despite the red dust blowing in through the inadequate windows. Just think how grand it will look on the embassy stationery! Then I almost asked if she needed a stamp, before I remembered. We were dignitaries now.
Daddy was ambassador to Mexico. We Morrows had no need for such common objects as stamps. All our letters would About the Author - Melanie Benjamin is a pseudonym for Melanie Hauser, who has written two contemporary novels. USA Today "The history is exhilarating. OverDrive Listen.
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