2013 Release: The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Release Date: February 19, 2013 |Delacorte Press |416p 


In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, acclaimed novelist Melanie Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America’s most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. 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’s 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—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 Ambassador’s Daughter 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.


  1. Oh this one sounds so interesting. I have been intrigued by the Lindbergh's since we had to learn about the kidnapping in Middle School. I will be looking for this one.

  2. Love the cover on this. Not sure I will read it, but I'd be happy to sit and look at it!

  3. I haven't heard of this one, but it sounds interesting. I've heard the story of the kidnapping of the Lindburgh baby, of course, but never given much thought to the relationship between the parents. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Oh, what an interesting novel! I know I will enjoy reading it. And I see it releases right around my birthday! Great!

  5. This definitely sounds like an interesting book, one that I'd certainly like to read. Am looking forward to it in 2013!


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