The Editor - Steven Rowley - Thorndike - 978-1432863272
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The Editor

  • Steven Rowley
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  • ISBN-10: 1432863274
  • ISBN-13: 9781432863272
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.55 lbs ( .70 kgs)
  • 518 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released April 2019
  • Simultaneous Publications

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An NPR Favorite Books of 2019
An Esquire “Best Books of 2019 (So Far)”
A Southern Living “25 Beach Reads Perfect for Summer”
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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.


Customer Reviews

“A poignant tale . . . Rowley deliberately mines the sentiment of the mother/son bond, but skillfully saves it from sentimentality; this is a winning dissection of family, forgiveness, and fame.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“While diving deep into questions of identity, loyalty, and absolution within the bonds of family, Rowley, author of the beloved LILY AND THE OCTOPUS, soars to satisfying heights in this deeply sensitive depiction of the symbiotic relationships at the heart of every good professional, and personal, partnership.”

— Booklist

“Steven Rowley is the bestselling author of LILY AND THE OCTOPUS, and he’s honestly outdone himself with THE EDITOR.”

— Cosmopolitan