The Editor

The Editor

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus comes a funny, poignant, and highly original novel about an author whose relationship with his very famous book editor will change him forever--both as a writer and a son. After years of struggling as a writer in 1990s New York City, James Smale finally gets his big break when his novel sells to an editor at a major publishing house: none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Jackie, or Mrs. Onassis as she's known in the office, has fallen in love with James's candidly autobiographical novel, one that exposes his own dysfunctional family. But when the book's forthcoming publication threatens to unravel already fragile relationships, both within his family and with his partner, James finds that he can't bring himself to finish the manuscript. Jackie and James develop an unexpected friendship, and she pushes him to write an authentic ending, encouraging him to head home to confront the truth about his relationship with his mother. But when a long-held family secret is revealed, he realizes his editor may have had a larger plan that goes beyond the page... With lovable characters and the same intimate prose that readers loved in Steven Rowley's debut novel, Lily and the Octopus, The Editor is a poignant, insightful novel of young men and their mothers, authors and their editors, and the minefields of speaking the truth about those we love"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
ISBN: 9780525537960
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 24 cm


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DCLadults Apr 24, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. An author with writer’s block is very lucky to have Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as his editor. A unique premise and so interesting to see where this story goes.

Mar 26, 2019

Rounded up from 2.5 for the way Rowley showcases Mrs. Onassis without allowing her to totally monopolize the novel. The meeting at the beginning was beautifully done as were the scenes depicting her memorial and the main character's visit to Arlington after her death. The rest I found to be annoying. This book could have been cut down to half of its size and still been effective. Most of the time, James is dilly dallying in finishing his book despite having one of the best editors in NYC. The additional family drama at Thanksgiving Dinner seemed contrived. I thought our main character was gay to avoid any romantic tension when working on the book, but then Mark happens. The most perplexing to me is why we were treated to a view of the beginning of "Ithaca," but not the end. How did he end the book?!


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