Jackie By Josieby Caroline Preston
General Fiction Large Print Edition What a debut! . . . a terrific first novel funny, touching, and marvelously intelligent. Susan Isaacs Josie Trask is a 30-ish graduate student whose husband is the pet of the American Civilization Department and whose 3-year-old son is the apple of her eye. Her major problems are that she s bored to tears by her unfinished dissertation, and her husband seems to be spending a lot of time with Monica, a fellow student. So when a celebrity biographer calls with an offer to do the research for a Jacqueline Kennedy biography, Josie jumps at the chance. What follows is a hilarious adventure as Josie discovers parallels between her life and that of our most endearing icon, the queen of Camelot.
Josie Trask has been a student in English lit long enough to have married, given birth to a son, and mothered him for three yearsall without yet having finished her dissertation. Perhaps it's her dissertation's subject that fails to motivate: a virtually unknown 19th-century woman poet from Josie's hometown of Chester, Mass., whose work might not be worth resurrecting. Then again, the irritating success of Josie's husband, Peter, might be the real problem. Having never experienced writer's block, Peter has sailed through his teaching gigs on the popular culture of the '60s, has been awarded a book contract for his own dissertation (From the Valley of the Dolls to the Ballad of the Green Berets), and is now planning to spend the summer in Berkeley drilling college students on the significance of '60s icons. Josie expects to accompany him until she's offered a summer job as researcher for glitzy, lowbrow British biographer Fiona Jones, who's doing a quick posthumous bio of Jackie Onassis. Unable to resist the $10,000, Josie takes the job and devotes herself to investigating JFK's love affairs and Jackie's terrible sorrowsonly half-consciously suspecting that Peter may be doing his own philandering in Berkeley all the while. As the weeks pass, Jackie's triumphs and travails as a wife and mother begin eerily to resemble Josie's ownbut happily, by the end of the summer, both feisty heroines manage to triumph in the face of adversity by winning the respect of their husbands, forging forward in their careers, and lavishing affection on their lucky kids.
As first novels go, this one's a plum.
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This was a great read! It was about ten years ago that I read this book, but I have periodically checked the library for new books by this author because this book was so engaging (finally, Gatsby's Girl).