Mrs. Paine's Garage

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Exactly 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. Mrs. Paine's Garage is the tragic story of this well-intentioned woman who found Oswald the job that put him six floors above Dealey Plaza-into which, on November 22, 1963, he fired a rifle he'd kept hidden inside Mrs. Paine's house. But this is also a tale of survival and resilience: the story of a devout, open-hearted ...

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Overview

Exactly 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. Mrs. Paine's Garage is the tragic story of this well-intentioned woman who found Oswald the job that put him six floors above Dealey Plaza-into which, on November 22, 1963, he fired a rifle he'd kept hidden inside Mrs. Paine's house. But this is also a tale of survival and resilience: the story of a devout, open-hearted woman who weathered a whirlwind of suspicion and betrayal, and who refused to allow her connection to the calamity of that November to destroy her life. From these stories Thomas Mallon has fashioned an account of generosity and secrets, tragic might-have-beens and eerie coincidences, that unfolds with a gripping inevitability.

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Editorial Reviews

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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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156027557
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/10/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 605,223
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Mallon 's books include the novels Henry and Clara , Two Moons , Dewey Defeats Truman , and Aurora 7 ; a collection of essays, In Fact ; and his book on the assassination of JFK, Mrs. Paine's Garage . His work has appeared in The New Yorker , The New York Times Magazine , The American Scholar , and GQ . He received the National Book Critics Circle award for reviewing in 1998. The recipient of a 2000 Guggenheim Fellowship, he lives in Westport, Connecticut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    I loved reading this book. An awful time in history recounted by

    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.

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