THE SUMMER I MET JACK by Michelle Gable

THE SUMMER I MET JACK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A Polish-Jewish immigrant has a romantic affair with John F. Kennedy in this vivid historical novel.

Barbara Kopczysnka leaves Poland in the late 1940s and arrives fresh-faced and ambitious in Oklahoma. She changes her name to Alicia Darr and moves in with other displaced young women. When Irenka, one of her roommates, relocates to the East Coast, Alicia follows her to Hyannisport and secures a position as a maid to the boisterous Kennedy family. Each Kennedy seems quirkier than the next—from the stern and exacting Rose to her philandering and controlling husband, Joe. Yet none of the Kennedys is as magnetic or enchanting as the handsome, larger-than-life Jack. Alicia is immediately smitten, and to her great delight, her affections are returned. After a whirlwind courtship, the young Congressman proposes to Alicia. Unfortunately, Alicia’s old friend Irenka sells her out, alerting Joe that his son has proposed to a Jew. Concerned about the consequences of Alicia’s religious background on Jack’s political career, Joe forbids the marriage. Although Jack seems prepared to defy his father, Alicia understands that without Joe's blessing, the couple will never enjoy a truly successful marriage, so she ends the affair. The book then tracks Jack’s astronomical political ascent as well as the new life Alicia builds for herself in Hollywood. As the years pass, Jack simply cannot forget Alicia, and he continues to pursue her well into his married days. As the Kennedy family becomes increasingly powerful, Alicia’s position as Jack’s true love seems to put her in great danger. Based on true events from the life of American socialite Alicia Corning Clark, the story offers an alternate Kennedy family history that will leave readers wondering whether America knew the real JFK at all.

A riveting tale about America’s most romanticized family.

Pub Date: May 22nd, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-250-10324-6
Page count: 448pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2018




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