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Mrs. Paine's Garage and the Murder of John F. Kennedyby Thomas Mallon
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Nearly forty years have passed since Ruth Hyde Paine, a Quaker housewife in suburban Dallas, offered shelter and assistance to a young man named Lee Harvey Oswald and his Russian wife, Marina. For nine months in 1963, Mrs. Paine was so deeply involved in the Oswalds’ lives that she eventually became one of the Warren Com-
mission’s most important witnesses.
Mrs. Paine’s Garage is the tragic story of a well-intentioned woman who found Oswald the job that put him six floors above Dealey Plaza—into which, on November 22, he fired a rifle he’d kept hidden inside Mrs. Paine’s house. But this is also a tale of survival and resiliency: the story of a devout, open-hearted woman who weathered a whirlwind of investigation, suspicion, and betrayal, and who refused to allow her enmeshment in the calamity of that November to crush her own life.
Thomas Mallon gives us a disturbing account of generosity and secrets, of suppressed memories and tragic might-have-beens, of coincidences more eerie than conspiracy theory. His book is unlike any other work that has been published on the murder of President Kennedy.
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Meet the Author
Thomas Mallon’s books include the novels Henry and Clara, Two Moons, Dewey Defeats Truman, and Aurora 7, as well as a collection of essays, In Fact. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The American Scholar, and GQ. He lives in Westport, Connecticut.
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An outstanding story of a tragedy that could touch anyone. That is what touched me, this type of tragedy could indeed happen to any of us, and that is what endeared the perceptions of Mrs. Paine to me.
I loved reading this book. An awful time in history recounted by a noble woman. This is a fascinating read from the first page to the last.
Perhaps the reviewer should look into Mrs Kennedy's charities and restoration involvements before making his/her comments
I remember how his wife was treated like a criminal, I thought it was inhumane. She didnt know anything, I could tell. She just lost her husband the same way the presidents wife did, and they never showed any sympathy. In those days ,as a child, I could tell everyone treated the presidents wife like she was a God. I could never understand that, she had never given of herself or had helped the people of this nation, never helped charities, as far as I know. She didnt even have to go to trial....but Marina was treated like a criminal, how unfair, I still feel we are all the same, God didnt choose who should get special favors....