Mileva Maric was a brilliant young girl, at a time when women were not educated as physicists. But, Mileva gets admitted to a selective graduate program in physics, where she meets and is pursued by Albert Einstein, and eventually becomes his wife.
Maria Benedict writes about the lives and partnership of Albert and Mileva Einstein, much in the same style as Loving Frank did for Frank Lloyd Wright--a fictional behind-the-scenes look at real lives of historical people. In this new book, Albert Einstein doesn't come off very favorably, as author Benedict pictures him advancing his own career on the ideas and work of his wife.
The book is well-written and actually suspenseful, as I empathized with Mileva's life as the partner of this famous and self-centered man. I enjoyed reading it. But I will never look at Albert Einstein with the same admiration again, when I remember how boorishly he treated his wife.
Which leads to my caveat about this recent fictional style---portraying a historical character with imagined behaviors and motivations. A recent article in Psychology Today discusses this book and asks the same question, about the line between fact and fiction.
I think you will like the book too. It talks about the choices women have had to make for generations, and the limited power they have had in relationships.
Ironically, the following quote appeared this week in my daily "Word a Day" subscription. This seems to suggest a different and more positive side to Albert Einsten.
The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. -Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel laureate (14 Mar 1879-1955)