The Summer I Met Jack

The Summer I Met Jack

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New York Times bestselling author imagines the affair between John F. Kennedy and Alicia Corning Clark - and the child they may have had. Based on a real story - in 1950, a young, beautiful Polish refugee arrives in Hyannisport, Massachusetts to work as a maid for one of the wealthiest families in America. Alicia is at once dazzled by the large and charismatic family, in particular the oldest son, a rising politician named Jack. Alicia and Jack are soon engaged, but his domineering father forbids the marriage. And so, Alicia trades Hyannisport for Hollywood, and eventually Rome. She dates famous actors and athletes and royalty, including Gary Cooper, Kirk Douglas, and Katharine Hepburn, all the while staying close with Jack. A decade after they meet, on the eve of Jack's inauguration as the thirty-fifth President of the United States, the two must confront what they mean to each other. The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable is based on the fascinating real life of Alicia Corning Clark, a woman who J. Edgar Hoover insisted was paid by the Kennedys to keep quiet, not only about her romance with Jack Kennedy, but also a baby they may have had together.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250103246
Branch Call Number: GABLE
Characteristics: 515 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 27, 2018

I did not care for this book, although I am a fan of historical fiction, I found it did not keep me interested.

Jun 05, 2018

Michelle Gable did an excellent job creating a fictionalized account of famous peoples' lives during the 1950s & 60s with the lead protagonist being Alicia Darr Purdom Corning Clark.
I did not enjoy the subject matter - JFK and all of his family. Alicia and her DP status was very emotional as I grew up in this era surrounded by people with this status. Alicia's colorful life was exhausting.
I was happy to reach the end of this book since it really wasn't my cup of tea, but it was well researched, well written and told an interesting tale.
Michelle Gable can be counted on to produce an excellent story and she delivered with The Summer I Met Jack.

May 25, 2018

I want to express my appreciation to St. Martins Press and Net Galley for a digital ARC of this book.

As soon as I saw this book advertised in Shelf Awareness I knew I wanted to read it. Since childhood I have had a heightened interest in JFK and Camelot. This book explores the era before Camelot and sheds light on the inner workings of the Kennedy family. Book catnip for me to be sure.

Alicia Darr (one of the many names she went by in her lifetime) is in Hyannisport to join a fellow Polish refugee as a maid for the Kennedy family. From her description she had a bit of a Marilyn Monroe look although with more refinement (she knew six languages) and slimmer. She meet Jack and her life is never the same. Reading Alicia's story gives astonishing glimpses into the lives of the rich and famous in Hollywood in Rome. Many famous names are dropped as supporting characters in Alicia's story. I commend the author on her extensive research --she read 200 books about the Kennedy family and people who were in their orbit. I especially appreciated her piece about JFK at the end giving us a final objective look at a man who died too young.

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