I just finished reading (actually listening to) The Aviator’s Wife: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin. Let’s just say right from the beginning that I am giving it two great big thumbs up. I’ve said it before and I will say it again and again, I love historical fiction. I love it even more when the historical fiction mirrors real life. This book is a perfect example of what I love. The story is about Anne Morrow Lindbergh wife of the great Charles A. Lindbergh who made the historic flight across the Atlantic Ocean way back in 1927.
This is a stand by her man kind of story. It starts when Anne first meets Charles while he is attending a dinner at Anne’s father’s home. At the time, Anne’s father was an ambassador. The story gives a glimpse of Anne’s growing up years and her relationship with her family. It tells how Anne’s family climbed the social ladder.
Charles put many expectations onto Anne. He insists that she learn to fly solo and even learn Morris Code. Anne does it all. She even becomes his navigator.
Charles continued to work after his historic flight promoting aviation and building passenger flight to a huge business. Anne was there by his side, navigating and documenting it all.
Anne later becomes a mother….if you know history then you remember that their baby, Charles Lindbergh Jr, was kidnapped.
But what you might not know is that they went on to have more children. Their youngest daughter, Reeve, even wrote a book, No More Words: A Journal of My Mother, Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
Anne was a shining example of a modern woman of the times. She cared for her family, stood by her man, and carved a career for herself.
I had no idea that Anne was an author publishing Gift from the Sea, Flower And The Nettle:: Diaries And Letters Of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1936-1939 and Against Wind and Tide: Letters and Journals, 1947-1986. I am really tempted to read the diaries.
For me, I was so happy to read this story. It’s a triumph type story. The Lindbergh’s lived a flawed life filled with revelations, triumphs, and tragedies…some shocking of the time…some just plain sad. History leaves Anne aside and glorifies her husband, and Anne is shorted her place in history. Reading the book also gives me a new appreciation of when I saw Charles’ historic plane at the Avaition museum in Washington D.C.
The I really truly enjoyed reading this book…apparently others have too. Amazon reads give the book 4 1/2 stars and I fully agree.
If you are interested, here is the book here is a link The Aviator’s Wife: A Novel. There you can find the book and kindle version along with a new option that gives you the audio book AND the Kindle book together allowing you to read and listen at the same time keeping your place in both.