The Pink Suit: A Novel

The Pink Suit: A Novel

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by Nicole Kelby
     
 

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"Beautifully written and engrossing, The Pink Suit gives us an extraordinary alternative reality, transforming JFK and Jackie's romance into the unforgettable love story of a seamstress and a butcher. Kate and Patrick are wonderful creations, and the evocation of the early 1960s is moving and convincing. Kelby spins a compelling tale of one of the

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"Beautifully written and engrossing, The Pink Suit gives us an extraordinary alternative reality, transforming JFK and Jackie's romance into the unforgettable love story of a seamstress and a butcher. Kate and Patrick are wonderful creations, and the evocation of the early 1960s is moving and convincing. Kelby spins a compelling tale of one of the most iconic garments ever sewn, and makes it entirely her own."--Claire Kendal, author of The Book of You

On November 22, 1963, the First Lady accompanied her husband to Dallas, Texas dressed in a pink Chanel-style suit that was his favorite. Much of her wardrobe, including the pink suit, came from the New York boutique Chez Ninon where a young seamstress, an Irish immigrant named Kate, worked behind the scenes to meticulously craft the memorable outfits.

While the two never met, Kate knew every tuck and pleat needed to create the illusion of the First Lady's perfection. When the pink suit became emblematic, Kate's already fragile world--divided between the excess and artistry of Chez Ninon and the traditional values of her insular neighborhood--threatened to rip apart.

Moving from the back rooms of Chez Ninon to the steps of Air Force One, The Pink Suit is an enchanting, unforgettable novel about hope and heartbreak, and what became of the American Dream.

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Entertainment Weekly's #1 Mother's Day pick for 2014

An Oprah Magazine Top Ten Book of May 2014"

Luxuriate in shades of pink, in descriptions of haute couture so exquisite and precise that you can feel elegant just by reading the words. Nicole Mary Kelby has stitched together from scraps of facts a compelling novel, a lovable heroine, and a living neighborhood in its last few moments of innocence. From its startling opening to its poignant ending, The Pink Suit shows us that behind events of global significance, there are unknown individuals worthy of our interest." —Susan Vreeland, author of Clara and Mr. Tiffany and Luncheon of the Boating Party

"Beautifully written and engrossing, The Pink Suit gives us an extraordinary alternative reality, transforming JFK and Jackie's romance into the unforgettable love story of a seamstress and a butcher. Kate and Patrick are wonderful creations, and the evocation of the early 1960s is moving and convincing. Kelby spins a compelling tale of one of the most iconic garments ever sewn, and makes it entirely her own."
-Claire Kendal, author of The Book of You"

The Pink Suit is a rare work, fascinating and beautifully crafted. Nicole Mary Kelby's sensuous prose is as opulent as the couture she describes." - Jennifer Chiaverini, author of the New York Times bestseller Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker"

The Pink Suit is a wonderfully absorbing and richly textured novel, strikingly rendered with a keen eye for the details of art and fashion and an equally acute ear for the workings of the human heart. Kelby captures perfectly the yearnings, disappointment and aspirations of an unforgettable heroine against the backdrop of a national tragedy."

-Anne D. LeClaire, author of Entering Normal and The Lavender Hour"

One of history's most tragic and iconic outfits has long had its own strange and compelling story. Now, at last, that story has been told-and beautifully."

-Jeffrey Kluger, author of Lost Moon: The Perilous Journey of Apollo 13"

The Pink Suit, built around the Garment District back story of that now-famous outfit, is sure to catapult the writer's career straight from pret-a-porter to haute couture... Kate gets an insider's glimpse into the rarefied world of high-society matrons and wealthy socialites so often cloaked in mystery to outsiders. So do we... The Minnesota author herself seems poised to reach rosy new career heights with the publication of this carefully tailored novel."—The Minneapolis Star Tribune"

While the novel is filled with politics, history and lots of insider views of designer fashion, Kate remains grounded... It's a look at an ordinary woman and how she played a small role in an extraordinary time."—The Fort Worth Star Telegram"

Novelist Nicole Mary Kelby picks up those threads of memory and weaves them into The Pink Suit, a subtly heartbreaking, completely believable tale inspired by the Irish immigrant dressmaker who made Jacqueline Kennedy's Chanel knockoff."—Dallas Morning News"

A novel that's just about the pink suit worn by Jackie Kennedy that day in Dallas? Yes-and it's terrific."—Entertainment Weekly"

Getting a behind the scenes glimpse inside the fashion industry of the 1960s was a treat. But the real charm of the book is the protagonist herself, portrayed as a strong, independent and courageous woman who defies conventional expectations."—Historical Novel Society "

Inspired by the true story behind Jackie Kennedy's iconic outfit, Kelby has stitched a compelling tale of politics, fashion and history."—People"

A luxurious narrative... This is a novel that book clubs will relish."—Bookpage"

A delectable romantic novel with brains and a heart."—Maggie Gee, author of The White Family"

Excels brilliantly."—Publisher's Weekly"

Here reality and fiction intertwine, held together by the power of a single, fascinating narrative thread."—Harper's Bazaar (UK)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316235662
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
04/29/2014
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
163,608
File size:
386 KB

Meet the Author

Nicole Mary Kelby is the critically acclaimed author of White Truffles in Winter, In the Company of Angels, Whale Season, and the Florida Book Award winner A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts, among other works. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
O, the Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and People gave it rave reviews and so I bought this. I agree with the reviewer from the Spencer Daily Reporter, that said ""But in all of the books written about the Kennedy family, covering their life and presidential career from every angle, I don't think there's yet been a book quite like "The Pink Suit," by Nicole Mary Kelby. Written in the style of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," "The Pink Suit" tells the story through the eyes of someone else. Jay Gatsby was brought to life through Nick Carraway, Jacqueline Kennedy is brought to life through Kate, the Irish immigrant who sews Jacqueline's clothes in the back room of a high-end clothing shop."" This is a beautiful novel and is a must read for anyone who loves fashion, this iconic time of our nation's history, or a well written story.
ChefRalph More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written and engaging story from an iconic time in our history. My wife was so entranced in reading it , I was completely ignored when I asked her If she wanted to take the afternoon and go shopping and I'd pick up the kids from school ... enough said !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I CANT UNDERSTAND WHY B AND N CANT BLOCK OR FILTER THIS REVIEW SECTION, AND ONLY ALLOW THE ACTUAL REVIEWS TO SHOW UP IN THIS SECTION. IT IS SO OBNOXIOUS, AND ANNOYING TO START READING OTHER PEOPLES REVIEWS, AND THEN SUDDENLY OTHER PPL ARE USING THIS AREA TO MESSAGE FRIENDS, OR WORSE. JUST TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE. CANT THEY FIX THIS? ANYONE AGREE WITH THIS? Thanks, j
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was actually a good yardstick of her limitations. for a home seamstress to do this is one thing, for a women in her position if not income it was not really cricket i always thought that suit was a real channel but channel didnt give free for showing like some fashion houses to a first lady do. its the beaded that cost in time a simple suit goes fast
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By allowing this, Barnes and Noble is ruining the rating system that is in place. These little kids are indiscriminately placing stars and ruining the 1 to 5 star rating system. I am even ruining this author's reviews on this book bywriting about this problem instead of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have emailed & called to complain many times. THEY DONT CARE. "We don't have ability to police reviews" there is always amazon..they care about their customers. B&n doesn't seem to
elbell More than 1 year ago
Boring book, having a difficult time getting through this. The premise was good but the writing dull and difficult to get engaged with the characters. DO NOT BUY
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Kate is such a snobbish bore!
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Hi everybody im new here.. can anybody help me out or something? I just need someone to at least talk to... im all alone.. :( ~Kendall
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