Jackie and Maria : a novel of Jackie Kennedy & Maria Callas

by Paul, Gill, 1960-

Format: Print Book 2020
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From the #1 bestselling author of The Secret Wife comes a story of love, passion, and tragedy as the lives of Jackie Kennedy and Maria Callas are intertwined--and they become the ultimate rivals, in love with the same man.

The President's Wife; a Glamorous Superstar; the rivalry that shook the world...

Jackie Kennedy was beautiful, sophisticated, and contemplating leaving her ambitious young senator husband. Life in the public eye with an overly ambitious--and unfaithful--man who could hardly be coaxed to return from a vacation after the birth of a stillborn child was breaking her spirit. So when she's offered a holiday on the luxurious yacht owned by billionaire Ari Onassis, she says yes...to a meeting that will ultimately change her life.

Maria Callas is at the height of her operatic career and widely considered to be the finest soprano in the world. And then she's introduced to Aristotle Onassis, the world's richest man and her fellow Greek. Stuck in a childless, sexless marriage, and with pressures on all sides from opera house managers and a hostile press, she finds her life being turned upside down by this hyper-intelligent and impeccably charming man...

Little by little, Maria's and Jackie's lives begin to overlap, and they come closer and closer until everything they know about the world changes on a dime.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Readers who can't get enough of the Kennedys will delight in this tale of the two famous women linked to Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy and Maria Callas. Told in alternating chapters from each woman's perspective and beginning in the mid-1950s, Paul (Another Woman's Husband, 2018) traces famous soprano Callas' nine-year affair with Onassis, which led to the dissolution of both of their first marriages but never a wedding between them. Meanwhile, she also offers readers an intimate glimpse inside Jackie's occasionally strained marriage to John F. Kennedy, both before and during their years in the White House. The portrayal of Jackie's devastation in the wake of her husband's death is moving, as is the depiction of the further trauma she experiences after Bobby Kennedy's assassination five years later, circumstances which lead to her marriage to Onassis. While Paul takes a bit of artistic license, the book is well-researched and largely hews to historical fact. This portrait of two fascinating, glamorous women and the man who, arguably, deserved neither of them is emotional and addictive.Women in Focus: The 19th in 2020"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Paul (The Lost Daughter) is at her best in this irresistible tale of the two complex and glamorous women closest to Greek billionaire Aristotle "Ari" Onassis. Opera diva Maria Callas began an affair with Onassis in 1958, which continued until 1968, the year former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy married Onassis. Paul chronicles major events in both women's lives skillfully, whether it's JFK's assassination or Callas performing Aida at Italy's legendary La Scala Opera House. Paul brings a humanizing touch to Jackie's heartbreaks with JFK, including their stillborn daughter Arabella and their son Patrick, who lived two days after a premature birth in 1963, as well as to the story of Callas's rumored son, Omero, named here by Ari after Homer, who dies shortly after his birth from lung failure ("She wanted to spend time with her little boy and memorize every inch of him before they took him away forever"). Paul shines in the small details about her larger-than-life characters, including the legendary soprano's self-consciousness about her weight and subsequent dramatic weight loss, and Jacqueline Kennedy's later life as a book editor. Paul's pitch-perfect ear for dialogue, elegant prose, and sound plotting combine to create a sensational and spellbinding package. (Aug.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, -- 1929-1994 -- Fiction.
Callas, Maria, -- 1923-1977 -- Fiction.
Onassis, Aristotle Socrates, -- 1906-1975 -- Fiction.
Adultery -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Presidents' spouses -- United States -- Fiction.
Sopranos (Singers) -- Fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :William Morrow,2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes "P.S. insights, interviews & more..."--Cover.
Description 446, 22 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780062952493
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