|Pages/Publication Date:||320 / 2019|
After years of trying to make it as a writer in 1990s New York City, James Smale finally sells his novel to an editor at a major publishing house: none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. But when the book's forthcoming publication threatens to unravel already fragile relationships, James finds that he can't bring himself to finish the manuscript. In this NPR Best Book of 2019 by the author of Lily and the Octopus, Jackie and James develop an unexpected friendship, and she pushes him to write an authentic ending, encouraging him to head home to confront his mother. Then a family secret is revealed, and he realizes his editor may have had a larger plan that goes beyond the page.