American Wife, Curtis Sittenfeld
The third novel from the author of Prep follows Alice Lindgren, a shy, bookish Wisconsin woman whose life is irrevocably altered when she accidentally kills a classmate in a car crash. She later falls in love with, and marries, the charming scion of a Republican family, who becomes governor and shortly thereafter is elected president. Sound familiar? It should — Alice is a thinly veiled version of former First Lady Laura Bush, and American Wife is a compassionate, smart look at what it's like to be thrust into the world of politics.