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Melanie Benjamin

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Melanie Benjamin was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and attended college there. She has been an avid reader all her life and firmly believes that a lifetime of reading is the best education a writer can have. After college Melanie married and moved to the Chicago area to raise her children, but the vis mere desire to write was always there in the background. Soon she began writing for local magazines and newspapers before venturing into fiction. As Melanie Hauser she published two contemporary novels. Now writing as Melanie Benjamin, she's incorporated her passion for history and biography into ALICE I HAVE BEEN her first historical novel; THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MRS. TOM THUMB is her second, and was published July 2011. Her book,The Aviator's Wife, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2013. The Swans of Fifth Avenue made the iBooks best seller list in 2016. Melanie and her family still live in the Chicago area where she enjoys writing, taking long walks, and gardening. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Værker af Melanie Benjamin

The Aviator's Wife (2013) 1,786 eksemplarer
Alice I Have Been: A Novel (2010) 1,569 eksemplarer
The Swans of Fifth Avenue (2016) 1,022 eksemplarer
The Girls in the Picture (2018) 474 eksemplarer
The Children's Blizzard (2021) 394 eksemplarer
Mistress of the Ritz (2019) 388 eksemplarer
Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion (2014) — Bidragyder — 126 eksemplarer
California Golden: A Novel (2023) 87 eksemplarer
Hollywood Boulevard (2018) 3 eksemplarer
The Aviator?s Wife 1 eksemplar
Żona lotnika (2013) 1 eksemplar

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The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin i Early Reviewers (april 2013)


Author Melanie Benjamin has taken a real-life incident - a horrific blizzard that hit Nebraska and the Dakota Territory on January 12, 1888 - and built characters based on oral histories and newspaper accounts from the time to tell its story.  My children's Scandinavian ancestors had settled in North Dakota by 1886, so I have to wonder if they experienced this storm.  Beautiful weather earlier in the day had people out and about in light winter clothing, and they were surprised by the storm.

The Children's Blizzard (one of the names the storm came to be called) has four main narrators.  Sisters Gerda and Raina Olsen are young schoolteachers, 18 and 16 respectively.  Gerda is teaching near Yankton in the southeast corner of the Dakota Territory.  Raina is closer to their family's home in the northeast corner of Nebraska, but far enough away that she needs to room and board with a family closer to the school, the Pedersons.

Anette Pederson, despite her surname, is really an overworked and mistreated servant in the Pederson household - sold by her mother.  And Gavin Woodson is a newspaperman (really a propagandist for the railroad) in Omaha.  There are also a couple chapters told from the viewpoints of Anna Pederson, Anette's boss, and of Ollie Tennant, a black bar owner in Omaha.

The first part of the book is about the storm itself, and its immediate aftermath.  The second part follows the main characters some years into the future.  This part could have been shorter, and there are some distracting and unnecessary side stories throughout the book that, in my opinion, could have been left out.  Nevertheless, I'm giving it more stars than I would have to offset the downrating by an anti-"woke" reviewer here.

In her author's note, Benjamin provides some additional context, and cites her sources.  She notes that Raina "is loosely based on the real-life heroine Minnie Freeman," and the "character of Anette Pedersen is based on another survivor, Lena Woebbecke" (page 443).  I think parts of Gerda's experience were based on those of Etta Shattuck and Lois Royce, but sadly Gerda suffered from the tendency of others to blame and ostracize those who make poor decisions in situations that aren't entirely under their control.
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riofriotex | 41 andre anmeldelser | Jan 30, 2024 |
KIRKUS REVIEWBiographical novel of Anne Morrow and her troubled marriage to pioneering aviator Charles Lindbergh.Anne, self-effacing daughter of a suffragette and an ambassador, is surprised when Charles, already a celebrity thanks to his first trans-Atlantic flight in 1927, asks herinstead of her blonde, outgoing older sister ElisabethÂ¥to go flying with him. And it is Anne whom Charles will marry. At first, the glamorous couple?s life consists of flights all over the world: Anne becomes a pilot and navigator and Charles? indispensable sidekick. However, when in 1932 the Lindberghs' first child is kidnapped from his nursery, the resulting press furor almost destroys Anne. In addition to her grief over her lost firstborn, a grief that Lindy doesn?t appear to share, Anne suffers the downside of fame as public adulation turns to prurient sensationalism. The couple takes refuge abroad, where they enjoy the orderly routine and docile press of the Hitler regime, as long as Charles is willing to accept a Nazi medal and attend rallies. However, Kristallnacht proves too much even for Lindbergh?s anti-Semitism, and he and Anne return to the States as war threatens. As more children arrive, Anne is beginning to bridle at Charles? domineering ways, however the aspiring author is too insecure to contradict him even as he offends her liberal friends and family by siding with right-wing groups who claim that the Jews are trying to force America into war. At Charles? behest, and against her own principles, she pens The Wave of the Future (1940), an isolationist screed which renders her anathema to the intelligentsia: Even her alma mater, Smith College, disowns her. In 1974, after 47 years of wedlock, Anne must decide whether to finally confront her husband. Although the portrayal of such a passive character could easily turn tepid, Benjamin maintains interest, even suspense, as readers wonder when Anne?s healthy rebellious instincts will burst the bonds of her dutiful deference.A thoughtful examination of the forces which shaped the author of Gift from the Sea.Pub Date: Jan. 15th, 2013ISBN: 978-0-345-52867-4Page count: 416ppPublisher: DelacorteReview Posted Online: Dec. 3rd, 2012… (mere)
bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
I'm not sure what the author intended when writing this. Were we meant to see Anne Morrow Lindbergh as a sympathetic character or as a privileged, shallow, weak woman? I've never read anything complimentary about Charles Lindbergh and there wasn't anything new here to change my mind. But at the end of this book, I also disliked Anne.
ellink | 165 andre anmeldelser | Jan 22, 2024 |
Didn’t read it all. Couldn’t get into it.
Gail726 | 41 andre anmeldelser | Jan 11, 2024 |



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