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The only reason I did not give five stars is because, first of all, it is a novel. Not a bio, but the most important reason is that Mary Barelli Gallager was with Jackie Kennedy DAILY and she was never once mentioned in this book, likewise Provi Prades, who was her personal maid. Mrs. Gallager was literally on call, and CALLED, 24/7 in Jackie's life, was with her in Dallas, went with her to the hospital when one of the babies came...I am not sure which one...she was at her side almost constantly, even when Mrs. Gallager went on one of her rare vacations, she was called by Jackie to do things for her. The fact that these two women were omitted from this book, left something to be desired for me. I do realize it was a novel, but it was hard to read some things and wonder if they were actually said, but then that is the way a novel is written and read. Omitting those two women, however, to me, was a travesty., Sue S.
Jacqueline Bouvier never wanted an ordinary marriage: she never wanted to be bored, she never wanted to be under appreciated and she never, ever, wanted to be cheated on. Well she got 2/3 in her marriage to Jack Kennedy as well as seeing herself become a powerhouse in society. This novel goes in-depth about Jackie’s life prior to marrying JFK (I had no idea she was a journalist!), her marriage to JFK and her later marriage to Greek shipping Ari Onassis. This novel explored Jackie’s life but it also gave her a voice all on her own. There was so much about Jackie I didn’t know and this novel explored her as a force to be reckoned with. I absolutely loved this book. I loved that we got inside look at her fears, insecurities and all of the details that went into building the image of the cool, unflappable Jackie Kennedy Onassis. I was fully drawn into the story and her voice came through so strongly, I felt as though I was back in the ‘60’s.
There was so much wrong with this book in terms of chronology of events, culture and style. The book has Jackie Kennedy earning $25 a month at a time when I (five years younger) was earning $35 as a beginning clerk-stypist. A couple of years later, when I was in Massachusetts, too, I was earning $40--again as a clerk-typist. Before that, her wealthy father-in-law was giving her an allowance of $50 per month, a paltry sum at the time.
The author has people doing the jitterbug long after that trend had passed, then had them doing the twist, which was a short-termed dance done only by teenagers. Even worse, she has Jackie wearing a mini-skirt. Jackie Kennedy was much too stylish to wear something that again was a passing fad among girls and some women in their early twenties.
I can't be sure about her early reference to "Tricky Dick" Nixon. I thought the term came about much later in his life.
I was especially troubled by the "affair" slant given to Jackie and RFK. While they were close, there was never any proof of an affair; in fact, I'd never heard it suggested until this book. As for her marriage to Onassis, at the time Jackie said "If they were killing Kennedys," she wanted to remove her children to an island where they'd be better protected.
I got the sense that this book was primarily conjecture and, while we can't know everything that goes on behind the scenes of anybody's life, this is not the Jackie Kennedy of my memory.
I wonder what Jackie herself would have thought about this book...Interesting that the author chose to use first person. I had some difficulty adjusting to it. Most of what I read in the book I had read before; however, this was the first time I had heard of any speculation about a romance between Bobby or Teddy and Jackie. At the time I had thought they were caring for their brother’s widow. I still do. I never could grasp why she married Onassis, and even though the book attempted to explain her thought process in this, I still didn’t understand it. Regardless of any personal flaws, Jacqueline Kennedy carried us all through the tragic loss of a young president.
Go back in time to Jacqueline Bouvier’s life at Merrywood to her early romance with JFK and the beginnings of his political career to the early days in the White House. To the excruciating pain of the losses she endured with her husband by her side and without him. To the excitement of becoming a mother to that fateful day in November 1963 and the lengths that she went to in attempt to garner some privacy while a grieving widow of the world. This is her profile in courage.
I really enjoyed this novel on Jackie’s life. So much of it’s public but I felt the author characterized the private moments in a classy, emotional manner. I’ve always wondered how Jackie dealt with the infidelities in both of her marriages. I guess wealth and power make a difference and acceptance. I was 5 when JFK was assassinated and it has always stayed with me. It’s the 1st time I remember ever watching the news. I’ve always been intrigued by Jackie and John’s life and this book made me feel like I had a part of Camelot!!
Very well written. Provides many insights into the life of Jackie Kennedy and all she endured as well as her remarkable resilience. Also much interesting information about JFK and RFK and Father Joe. For anyone who loved the Kennedy's and Jackie., this is a great read and may bring tears to the eyes of those who lived through those tumultuous years.