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The Secret Memoirs of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: A Novel Paperback – December 26, 2006
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“Wow, Ruth Francisco is a wonderful writer. Her talent is enormous. She has both the eye and heart of a poet and each of her scenes is like a perfect painting. Her re-creation of biographical characters and historical places and events is amazing. I can't remember when I first read a writer of such immense ability. I think she's probably a major literary figure in the making.” ―James Lee Burke, author of Crusader's Cross
“A piercingly intimate study...” ―The Daily News
“Intriguing. Imaginative.” ―Orange Coast magazine
“… a wonderful work of research and imagination. With this book Ruth Francisco underlines the power of fiction when it comes to telling the truth about who we are.” ―Michael Connelly, bestselling author of Lincoln Lawyer
“A convincing voice for America's most glamorous first lady.... Francisco's prose is like a dream--the sort of dream that throbs and twists underneath the consciousness of everyday life. This is a work of fiction, but in its frayed ends and emotional rawness, it reads as true.... This is a book most anyone can admire and--more crucially--slip into and inhabit.” ―Edge magazine
“[Francisco's] goal was to portray a three dimensional woman. She succeeds brilliantly.... Ruth Francisco...has brought Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to life on the pages of The Secret Memoirs... Francisco's prose is outstanding.... A real winner.” ―mostlyfiction.com
“...one of the most audacious novels of the year....The author has immersed herself in the known facts and added her own imagination to create a book that is going to please a lot of people...” ―bookview.com
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Since my interests are varied, my books are varied, perhaps too much so. But whatever the theme, I always explore identity, trying to reconcile the physical and spiritual worlds. My characters respond sensually to the world as I do, they question and doubt. It would be easier to be a different kind of writer maybe. I hope you get something out of my little efforts.
Top Customer Reviews
Now, I am a confessed Jackie groupie - but a respectful one. Although I used to see her from time to time on the streets of NYC, I would never have approached her, especially knowing how important privacy was to this most private of women. I have admired Mrs. Kennedy since I was in 8th grade and so hoped that Senator John F. Kennedy and his Jackie would win the 1960 presidential election and become our first royal family. Yes, I was very young when Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy became First Lady of the United States...but I vividly remember watching her husband deliver his inspiring inaugural address on TV and later, that same evening, watching the news as photographers followed this glamorous young couple to document their victory for posterity as they made the rounds of Washington D.C.'s celebratory balls. This was a first - American royalty. And Jackie was a glorious young queen. She was just 31 years-old. I was a starry-eyed kid.
In the intervening years, with all the tragedy that has befallen the Kennedy family, I mourned with them, truly mourned. I have read various bios of Jackie and Jack, of RFK, and Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., the patriarch - some scholarly, some lurid.Read more ›
With each Chapter we can conjure up in our minds the pictures of that particular time in Jackie's life that was also a part of American history from her early days as a schoolgirl to her final walk with Maurice in Central Park we get inside Jackie's mind and heart with a depth that will give you new appreciation for the suject and the author. Don't miss this one.
Even later, when scandalous allegations came to light--infidelities, mobster connections, and more--I still felt a special affinity for this family. They were, after all, human and subject to all the flaws and foibles of real people. Our iconic views were very unrealistic, and even today, I see this tendency to vilify political figures when they act as real people.
Told in the first person narrative voice of "Jackie," the author takes us through the early days of "Jacks," with a very realistic portrayal of her relationship with her father; her frustrations at the whole "debutante scene," and her desires for a life in Paris, with artistic opportunities; her rebellion against the pressure to marry well (rich, social register).
The early years of her relationship with Jack Kennedy explored her feelings about him in the beginning, and how she finally succumbed to his charms, while knowing his flaws, even then.
The Secret Memoirs of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: A Novel is divided into sections, beginning with Jackie's childhood and adolescence; then her years with Jack, followed by her years as the Widow.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a well-written book about someone whose life was frequently emblazoned in the headlines. I'm almost exactly the same age as her daughter Caroline, so over the years I... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lynne K.
THIS WAS PURCHASED AS A PRESENT FOR SOMEONE, I NEVER READ IT. THERE IS NOTHING MORE TO BE SAID ABOUT THISPublished on October 14, 2013 by Mr John Mallo Jr.
I enjoyed reading this book! Learned a lot of new facts that didn't know before. People who interested in history should read this book!Published on August 11, 2013 by Alevlana
I knew and worked with Jacqueline Onassis for four years in the 80's as associate editor so naturally and reluctantly i began this book with much trepidation. Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by kgate-reeves
Growing up with father who was a city editor of local newspaper, I paid far more attention to The First Family than most 5 year olds normally would. Read morePublished on August 18, 2012 by Breezie
I found this book to be a crass and base work that relies on sensationalism and sexual depictions to make an impression. Obviously would not recommend it.Published on February 7, 2012 by Ltl Hse on the Prairie
This book was to be the "secret diary" of Jacqueline. From the style of writing she did when she was alive and given that she died with many secrets of the Kennedy family, this... Read morePublished on October 1, 2009 by J. N.