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This book was nearly a four star entry. I had loved Sittenfeld's first book, Prep. This one intrigued me because it is a work of fiction loosely based on the life of Laura Bush. I was initially hesitant about picking this up because I have had about eight years too many of George Bush. I was happily surprised because this book was truly focused on the female protagonist with only about the last hundred pages focusing on her time as first lady--with a husband executing a very George Bush-like presidency. Those last hundred pages are the weakest of the approx. 500 page book (and the reason for the loss of that possible fourth star). While Sittenfeld's writing is fluid and engaging throughout, the transition between pre-public life and life in the presidency is abrupt and with little context. Still, I enjoyed the book and look forward to her next one.