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Jackie by Josie by Caroline Preston
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Jackie by Josie

by Caroline Preston

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Josie Trask is one neurotic woman...but she has a lot of heart. Hired to research the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for a less-than-serious biographer, Josie moves back in her childhood Massachusetts home for the summer in order to be close to her source's personal history. It's right after Jackie O's death and digging up the most private of Jackie's dirt takes time. This means moving back in with an overbearing and alcoholic mother while contending with a typical three year old son, all on her own. Husband Peter has headed to California for a teaching job, carpooling with college friend, Monica. While Josie is trying to satisfy a constantly demanding employer and worrying about her absent husband, she is convinced her mother is dating a criminal and her husband is having an affair. As Josie digs deeper into Jackie's life she can't help but notice the similarities. What lessons can she learn from the life of a former First Lady? ( )
  SeriousGrace | Jul 20, 2018 |
Despite a slow start, this book becomes a page turner as several story lines are deftly woven together.

Josie & Peter--grad students finishing dissertations. Josie working as a researcher for an author writing about Jackie O.

Eleanor & Fred: Josie's mother & new friend, an arsonist

Leslie: Josie's sister so defined and restricted

Some events & quotations of Jackie O's life are woven throughout and tied up neatly at the end. ( )
  Pooch2 | Sep 18, 2008 |
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Summer is shaping up poorly for Josie Trask. Her tippling mother is besotted with an ex-con who seems to be draining her bank account to cook gourmet meals. Her rather juvenile husband Peter is teaching in California with her sometime rival Monica. Meantime, Josie has derailed her scholarly dissertation to stay near Boston and make money digging up dirt on Jackie Onasis for a trashy celebrity biographer. Between memos on John F. Kennedy's co-ed pool parties and the odd skin condition of Jackie's father, she tries to keep tabs on Peter, reconcile her past, and learn what made Jackie--and, incidentally, Josie--tick. This is a light, entertaining first novel anchored by some mind-boggling quotes from Jackie.

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Josie, a literature student, is offered a well-paid job researching the life of Jackie Onassis for a writer working on an intimate biography. She takes the assignment and discovers that Jackie's stormy marriage to President Kennedy strangely resembled her own. A first novel.… (more)

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