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The editor
2019
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From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus comes a novel about a struggling writer who gets his big break, with a little help from the most famous woman in America.

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 Mrs. Onassis, as she's known in the office--has fallen in love with James's candidly autobiographical novel, one that exposes his own dysfunctional family. But when the book's forthcoming publication threatens to unravel already fragile relationships, both within his family and with his partner, James finds that he can't bring himself to finish the manuscript.

Jackie and James develop an unexpected friendship, and she pushes him to write an authentic ending, encouraging him to head home to confront the truth about his relationship with his mother. Then a long-held family secret is revealed, and he realizes his editor may have had a larger plan that goes beyond the page...

From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus comes a funny, poignant, and highly original novel about an author whose relationship with his very famous book editor will change him forever--both as a writer and a son.
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James Smale has been granted every struggling novelist's wish: his debut novel is going to be published by a major house. That success escalates into a dream come true when the editor assigned to assist him is none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Will theirs be a truly collaborative relationship, or will it turn into a nightmare thanks to her celebrity status? James' novel of a fraught mother-son relationship resonates with Mrs. Onassis, and the advice she tenders ranges far beyond the scope of the novel to spill over into James' real-life obstacles with his own mother. As a friendship blossoms between editor and author, James is forced to confront a far different reality than he could ever have contemplated when a life-changing family secret is finally revealed. While diving deeply into questions of identity, loyalty, and absolution within the bonds of family, Rowley, author of the beloved Lily and the Octopus (2016), soars to satisfying heights in this deeply sensitive depiction of the symbiotic relationships at the heart of every good professional, and personal, partnership.--Carol Haggas Copyright 2019 Booklist
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