What Jackie Said

The Editor by Steven Rowley is a recently published historical fiction novel in which a young author named James Francis Smale finds himself sitting in a conference room at a major New York publisher. Nervous and curious, he is about to receive a shock. When the door opens to reveal Mrs. Jackie Kennedy Onassis who informs him she has read a draft of his book twice and intends to edit it prior to publication; he embarks upon a life-altering journey.

This, like Rowley’s previous novel, is clever and humorous while at the same time emotional, as it deals with love and loss. It’s a quick moving story with a number of surprises. That, I enjoyed. In fact, for awhile, I wished Smale was a real character who wrote a real book about his mother!

What perturbed me was what I thought were unnecessary, graphic homosexual encounters peppered in the book. They didn’t make the story any better. This reader could have done without them.

With that exception, I liked this portrayal of a man’s relationship with his famous editor and his quest to make sense of his life.

Please note: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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