Imagine you’re a military wife. Now, imagine your husband has been given the opportunity of a lifetime: to be a part of NASA. The Astronauts Wives Club is the story of seven women that come together when their husbands are chosen to represent America in the space race.
Lily Koppel does an insanely great job of conveying the important information and details, while still keeping the reader interested in the storyline. You’ll learn each lady’s backstory, their roles in some of history’s most famous events, and the bond they forged when nobody understood what they were going through. Also included are a number of photos that span the decades from the initial space flights and rocket launches, to the moon landing and subsequent missions.
Synopsis (from Amazon):
As America’s Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They had tea with Jackie Kennedy, appeared on the cover of Lifemagazine, and quickly grew into fashion icons.
Annie Glenn, with her picture-perfect marriage, was the envy of the other wives; JFK made it clear that platinum-blonde Rene Carpenter was his favorite; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived with a secret that needed to stay hidden from NASA. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, providing one another with support and friendship, coffee and cocktails.
As their celebrity rose-and as divorce and tragedy began to touch their lives-the wives continued to rally together, forming bonds that would withstand the test of time, and they have stayed friends for over half a century. THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB tells the story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.