What I’m Reading: The Aviator’s Wife

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 SeaFlower 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.

7 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Aviator’s Wife”

  1. Chris Shepardson

    just finished a nice book A Good American, historical fiction, really enjoyed listening to it on m,y commute and while gardening. Thanks for the tip, I will request it at the library

  2. Based on your comments you would also like “The Paris Wife” which is story of Ernest Hemingway’s wife. while listed as historical fiction, the author did a lot of research and one has to feel that other than the written feelings, the facts are true.

  3. I read The Aviators Wife a few weeks ago and loved it. I love when a book makes me want to learn more about someone. I bought myself a copy of Gift From the Sea and picked up from the library Under A Wing by Reeve Lindbergh about growing up with her parents. Its interesting to read her impressions of her parents after the opinions that I formed about them reading Aviators Wife.

  4. I think Anne Morrow Lindbergh also wrote Listen, The Wind – which tells about their around-the-world flight. I really enjoyed it. I hadn’t realized how difficult it would be to plan the flight hops and make certain there was airplane gas available at each one at the right time, to say nothing of sleeping arrangements.

  5. I love “Gift from the Sea”. I no longer have a copy, I’ll have to fix that! It’s the kind of book I will go back to, the prose is beautiful.

  6. What I loved about discovering your (and others’) blog, was that there still seems to be a large audience for historical fiction . With the rate of new movies and books being churned out,and the generation of these older stories aging and passing away, there comes the chance of loss of a very special era. Also notable is the trend to highlight the lives of the older icons associated with these books. Just days ago, I heard this book spoken about, as well as an excerpt from the audio book, on the Book Report(weekly radio show, showcasing books/authors) It really caught my attention. To get a deeper look into the lifestyles of an era gone by is an eye opener for us in our modern world. I’ll have to keep an eye out for The Paris Wife too.
    Good to see this being kept alive. Thanks for sharing.
    Seeing as though you target book lovers, others may also enjoy the radio show I mentioned. You can find their station and schedule guide for your area on bookreportradio(dot)com, or listen to the archived shows the following week. She highlights about half a dozen books weekly, and interviews an author. Great place for reading ideas.

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