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. Jackie--or ...more
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Imagine that, after pouring your heart into writing a book, a publishing house in NY calls you to have your work polished by an editor, and that editor is no other than Jackie Kennedy-Onassis! I'd be so excited I'd pass away on the spot.
The novel follows the relationship between Jackie, the editor, and James, the writer, as they work together. We are exposed to the editing process and the story is ...more
James Smale is an unpublished author whose autobiographical novel about his dysfunctional has been sold to Doubleday Books. Sent by his agent to the publishing house, Smale is astonished to learn that Jackie Kennedy Onassis is his editor. As they commence working together to prepare t ...more
James has written a book about his mother and their relationship. It needs some work according to Jackie, especially the end - she wants it rewritten. As James works on the rewrite he learns some things about his life, his mother, and his father.
This book was filled with both humor and introspection. ...more
Novelists often write stories or characters based on their own lives, and I’ve always wondered how that affected the author’s friends and family. What is it like to know that anything you say or do could end up being betrayed—and maybe mischaracterized—in a novel? I was attracted to this novel by the fact that the lead character, James Smale, has written a book about his troubled relationship with his mother, and he has to deal with ...more
A faux novel written by the young author was picked up by Mrs Onassis and we are allowed to share her editing and prodding him to find the truth about his relationship with his own mother. Rowley has done a tremendous amount of r ...more
The story is set in the early 1990s, before cell phones and the Internet were commonplace. The "Editor" actually refers to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis who takes author James Smale and his first novel under her wing. Because I (oddly) didn't k ...more
First of all, I have to say I'm pretty disappointed in myself that I never knew Jackie O. worked in publishing in her later years. BUT I'm so glad this book brought it to my attention and gave me the chance to dive deep into her career, even if it is a fictional account. In any event, this is a wonderful book. Very different than Steven Rowley's Lily and the Octopus, but Rowley's same voice definitely shines through and so, if you enjoyed the ...more
There are so many layers to this book that made it one of the best reads this year for me. I was fortunate enough to land an advanced copy, but I can wait to see what the literary world thinks when the book gets released next year.
Rowley gives us an interesting glimpse into the life of Jacki ...more
Imagine you've written your first novel and you get an acceptance letter from Doubleday. Now imagine you walk into the first meeting with your editor and it is none other than Jackie Onassis. Rowley had written a charming story about the myths that we create about public figures and the myths that we create about the ones we love the most. You might think it was a story with a quirky gimmick, but Rowley uses the character of Jackie to perfect effect. The cha ...more
Every now and then I choose a title outside of genres I'm typically drawn to, and this is one of those books. Having not read the beloved "Lily and the Octopus," Rowley was a new author to me...and what a triumph! NetGalley's own description of the "The Editor" as "a funny, poignant, and highly original novel" only scratches at the surface as to how brilliant this book is.
Through my own reading of it, I felt it isn't so much a story about ...more
As the story unfolds, we see a relationship blossom between James and Jackie. Jackie becomes a guiding force who encourages James to dig deeper - to give more depth to his mother. In doing so, James must confront his relationship with his mother, who disapproves of the novel.
It was so fun to ...more
I read and really loved Rowley's previous book, Lily and the Octopus, so I was looking forward to reading this. I know some people are big fans of Jackie Onassis but I knew very little about her and wasn't sure this book would be interesting enough. In fact, I had no idea she's been an editor for many years, so I wasn't sure if the author had made up that premise. Apparently, he did not.
While some of the color added by the Jackie bits were fun, to me, what made the book enjoyable was ...more
What would you as a writer struggling to get your first novel published do if your editor turned out to be one of the icons of the twentieth century? Steven Rowley does an outstanding job of not only portraying the str ...more
His new novel, The Editor (G.P. Putnam' ...more