Book Review for THE EDITOR by Stephen Rowley
THE EDITOR by Stephen Rowley
G.P. Putnam's Sons
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An honest and endearing story about an author’s relationship with his mother and his editor.
THE EDITOR is just a wonderfully heartfelt novel. Rowley takes the experience of being a writer and allows that to be the catalyst for a journey the main character makes.
What I loved so much about this book are the characters. James Smale, his mother, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, his editor, come to life through the words the author carefully crafts. We get to see glimpses of a fictionalized version of Mrs. Onassis that makes her so human and truly remarkable. This is a woman everyone thinks they know, but this book showed us that we don’t. Even James, who felt he was close to her, didn’t really know her at the end. This dynamic with James and his editor is the core of the story. It allows him to grow. It is this evolution and self-discovery throughout this book that makes it worth reading.
All in all, this is a smart, real, and humorous book filled with heart. The small snapshot of these characters’ lives shines a light on personal identity and how our families shape who we are.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus comes a novel about a struggling writer who gets his big break, with a little help from the most famous woman in America.
After years of trying to make it as a writer in 1990s New York City, James Smale finally sells his novel 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. Then a long-held family secret is revealed, and he realizes his editor may have had a larger plan that goes beyond the page...
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.
About the Author: Steven Rowley is the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus, which has been translated into nineteen languages. He has worked as a freelance writer, newspaper columnist, and screenwriter. Originally from Portland, Maine, Rowley is a graduate of Emerson College. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (April 2, 2019)
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