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The Aviator's Wife

By Melanie Benjamin

The Aviator's Wife
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  • Hardcover: Jan 2013,
    416 pages.
    Paperback: Nov 2013,
    448 pages.

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"I'm happy to meet you, Colonel," she said coolly. Then she glided past, following Daddy into the embassy.

"Oh, and of course, this is Anne," Mother said after a moment, pushing me forward as well.

I looked up—­and up. And up. Into a face instantly familiar and yet so unexpected I almost gasped; piercing eyes, high forehead, cleft chin, just like in the newsreels; a face made for statues and history books, I couldn't help but think. And here he was suddenly right in front of me, amid my family in this unexpected, almost cartoonish, opulence. My head swam, and I wished I had never left my dormitory room.

He shook my hand without a smile, for a smile would be too ordinary for him. Then he dropped it quickly, as if it stung. He took a step back and bumped into a stone pillar. His expression never changed, although I thought I detected a faint blush. Then he turned to follow Elisabeth and Daddy into the embassy. Mother bustled after them.

I stood where I was for a long moment, wondering why my hand still tingled where he had held it.

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