Mrs. Paine's Garage

Mrs. Paine's Garage

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by Thomas Mallon
     
 

It was February 1963 when Ruth Hyde Paine, a Quaker housewife in suburban Dallas, first met a young man named Lee Harvey Oswald and his Russian wife, Marina. Over the nine months that followed, Ruth offered shelter and assistance to the couple. She even found Oswald the job that put him in the Texas School Book Depository from which, on November 22, 1963, he fired

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It was February 1963 when Ruth Hyde Paine, a Quaker housewife in suburban Dallas, first met a young man named Lee Harvey Oswald and his Russian wife, Marina. Over the nine months that followed, Ruth offered shelter and assistance to the couple. She even found Oswald the job that put him in the Texas School Book Depository from which, on November 22, 1963, he fired the rifle he'd kept hidden in Mrs. Paine's home. Mrs. Paine's Garage is the story of this devout, openhearted woman and the role she inadvertently played in the tragedy of Dealey Plaza. It is also the story of how Ruth Paine weathered a whirlwind of suspicion and betrayal and refused to let her connection to that November calamity destroy her life. Thomas Mallon has fashioned an account of generosity and secrets—tragic might-have-beens and eerie coincidences—that unfolds with a gripping inevitability.

"In his fine historical novels, {Mallon} has often approached the past from a sideways angle, and here views the events in Dallas from {Mrs.} Paine's perspective, which gives them an unexpected freshness."-THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

"Out of the darkness of an iconic American tragedy, Mallon finds an overlooked but bright figure for us to remember."-SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

THOMAS MA LLON' 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 Atlantic Monthly, the American Scholar, and GQ. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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PRAISE FOR MRS. PAINE'S GARAGE
"In his fine historical novels, Mallon has often approached the past from a sideways angle and here he views the events in Dallas from Mrs. Paine's perspective, which gives them an unexpected freshness."-The New York Times Book Review

"A fascinating, carefully researched account of what [Mallon] calls 'the collision of innocent intentions and unforseen enormities.'"-The Wall Street Journal

Chicago Tribune
"A trenchant and offbeat examination of how history happens."
Los Angeles Times
"Mallon succeeds admirably, not only portraying Paine in depth and with sympathy, but managing to make her goodness genuinely interesting."
Wall Street Journal
"A fascinating, carefully researched account of what [Mallon] calls 'the collision of innocent intentions and unforeseen enormities.'"
National Review
"One of the best nonfiction works of recent years... a delight."
San Francisco Chronicle
"Fresh and unexpected. Out of the darkness of an iconic American tragedy, Mallon finds an overlooked but bright figure."
New York Times Book Review
"[Mallon] here views the events in Dallas from Mrs. Paine's perspective, which gives them an unexpected freshness."
Austin Chronicle
"[Mrs. Paine's Garage] is entirely unlike any other book about the assassination. It reads like a good detective novel."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156027557
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/10/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
236
Sales rank:
635,869
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.54(d)

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