And they called it Camelot : a novel of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

by Thornton, Stephanie, 1980-

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Summary
An intimate portrait of the life of Jackie O...

Few of us can claim to be the authors of our fate. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy knows no other choice. With the eyes of the world watching, Jackie uses her effortless charm and keen intelligence to carve a place for herself among the men of history and weave a fairy tale for the American people, embodying a senator's wife, a devoted mother, a First Lady-a queen in her own right.

But all reigns must come to an end. Once JFK travels to Dallas and the clock ticks down those thousand days of magic in Camelot, Jackie is forced to pick up the ruined fragments of her life and forge herself into a new identity that is all her own, that of an American legend.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "An American icon gets the fictional biographical treatment in this engrossing novel. Jacqueline Bouvier is in her early twenties when she meets the dashing John F. Kennedy, a congressman from Massachusetts whose political star is on the rise. Marrying into the sprawling Kennedy family presents some difficulties, but Jackie wins over the Kennedy men, forging an alliance with patriarch Joe. As John ascends into progressively higher offices, Jackie is often left to face the crises of her life miscarriages, depression, her husband's infidelity on her own, suppressing her feelings to present a glamorous fa├žade to the world. The focus is on the highs and lows of Jackie's life: the early years of her marriage, her renovation of the White House, her husband's assassination, and her subsequent relationships with both Robert Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis. Jackie was a notoriously private person, but Thornton's (American Princess, 2019) author's note details the situations where the historical record is unclear. Readers will quickly realize that the fairytale world of Camelot wasn't what it seemed and that Jackie's story is full of hidden pain. An excellent choice for fans of historical fiction that explores the inner lives of women.--Nanette Donohue Copyright 2020 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Thornton follows up American Princess, a novel of Alice Roosevelt, with this engaging and meticulously researched take on Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Thornton opens moments before President Kennedy's assassination, exploring the complexity of the first couple's relationship, along with Jackie's own pretensions ("This simple pink pillbox hat put to shame those jowly Texas matrons with their overwrought concoctions of flowers and feathers"). Thornton then jumps back to 1952 and Jacqueline's doomed relationship with stockbroker John Husted and her job as a photo girl for the Washington Times-Herald, which leads to her meeting then Congressman John F. Kennedy, whom she quickly falls for despite knowing he's a womanizer. The novel expertly conveys the many painful episodes in Jackie's life--Kennedy's infidelity, the loss of two children, the violent death of her first husband, and the casual cruelty of her second--with grace and empathy. Students of history will appreciate Thornton's exacting research and convincing portrayal of the first lady and style icon, and Kennedy aficionados will feel as if they have an unparalleled access to Camelot. Thornton's magnificent portrayal of Onassis will delight fans of Kennedy-related fiction. (Mar.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, -- 1929-1994 -- Fiction.
Kennedy, John F. -- (John Fitzgerald), -- 1917-1963 -- Fiction.
Onassis, Aristotle Socrates, -- 1906-1975 -- Fiction.
Kennedy family -- Fiction.
Presidents' spouses -- Fiction.
Young women -- Fiction.
Widows -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Publisher New York :Berkley,2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes Includes readers guide featuring an interview with the author and discussion questions.
Description 458 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 457-458).
ISBN 9780451490926
0451490924
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