‘Laugh-out-loud funny and searingly poignant’ Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones and the SixOne of PopSugar’s ‘Buzzy Books to Read This Spring’
‘The Editor is a sweet and charming novel, perfect for fans of Jackie O and Rowley's first no...more
Steven Rowley's The Editor really hit the spot for me. It was utterly charming, it had so much heart, and it dealt with some of my favorite subjects—family dysfunction, struggles with self-confidence, writing, secrets, and the relationships that crop up in the most unlikely of places.
James Smale has always dreamed of being a writer. After having his first few short stories published, he imagined the path to literary success would be easy. But writing a novel never seemed to come easy ...more
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
But the more I got into the book the more b ...more
OMG, and I’m not a fan of that phrase, but I’m listening to the audio and it is brilliant! Michael Urie fits as tight as “James Smale’s glove” as his character and narrator.
Out today! Run to the bookstore, or your computer to order. Read and or listen!
James Smale has wanted to write books since he first jammed out a neighborhood newsletter on his mother’s old typewriter when he was nine years old. That typewriter was beautiful, even he knew that at his young age, “It was a Swiss ...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James Smale is an unpublished author whose autobiographical novel about his dysfunctional has been sold to Doubleday Books.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
The premise of a new author's book being edited by the indomitable Jacqueli ...more
An aspiring gay novelist in 1990s New York lands a publishing deal exploring the estranged relationship between a mother and son, and discovers his Doubleday editor is none other than former First Lady of the United States, Jackie Kennedy Onassis. The Editor was touching, introspective, and full of nuanced emotional character arcs.
Protagonist: ★★★ 1/2
Right off the bat: this story is not focused on Jackie Kennedy. She is a pivotal character, but her arc in The Edi ...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
Lily and the Octopus was a book that I absolutely love, so I knew I would read anything Steven Rowley wrote next but when I read the synopsis for The Editor and found out that the editor in this book was Jackie Kennedy, it absolutely made it to the top of my must-read list of spring books.
James Smale is a young, unpublished novelist who is sent by his agent to Doubleday Books to discuss his semi-autobiographical novel with the person who wants to become his editor. No one wa ...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
As Jackie and James do begin to bond, James' other relationships, with his mother and family, whom the book is based, on begin to fall ...more
Smale's editor believes in him, in his novel, and in the story he has yet to tell. He can't tell it yet, because he hasn't lived it. And his editor pres ...more
But, I ended up reading a beautiful story of a struggling writer, who finally finds an editor who wants to publish his book. And it turns out to be the very famous woman her self. The story feels like a sneak peek into a writer’s life (I imagine quite like reality!), and an even sneakier peek into Jackie's life, although it’s just fiction, it feels so real - and you want it to be. The narrator is witty and he’s qu ...more
Steven Rowley really captured me with Lily and the Octopus, and so when I knew he had a new one coming out, I definitely was excited to get my hands on it. But I didn't get any info beforehand, I was just "whatever it is, I want it" mode.
So, I picked it up as a galley (thanks to Putnam for sending me a copy), and went into it knowing basically nothing. That means that even though the jacket copy (and even another version of the cover) talks about Jackie O., I was totally excited a ...more
Jackie O is my favorite first lady. I don’t know a whole lot about her life and history, but I think she is one of the classiest first ladies we have had, she was a Catholic like me, and last but not least, I adore her style.
I had no idea that she was an editor at one point in her life, so seeing that in the pitch for this book pretty much sealed the deal for me. The ...more
I absolutely love the wa ...more
His new novel, The Editor (G.P. Putnam' ...more