The Astronaut Wives Club tells the story of the wives of the first astronauts in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. Being the wife of an astronaut was not easy. The men were often gone for long periods of training, many were unfaithful while away, and they had terribly dangerous jobs. In the meantime, the women were left to take care of their children and homes, all alone. They also faced tremendous pressure from NASA to present themselves as wholesome happy housewives. Due to the stress and common worries, the wives bonded together for socialization and support.
Each of the first missions were detailed
as the wives recalled how they felt when their husbands were blasted off
into space and, once they got home and became heroes.
Not only is
this book a fascinating look into what life was like for astronaut
wives, but it's also a look at what American life was like during the
decades of the space race. (Geez, everyone chain smoked). I found it fascinating and very readable.