The Summer I Met Jack
Book Feature - The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable
HBL Note: I recently read The Editor by Steven Rowley which portrays Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis later in her life during her career as a book editor. In a way in changed the way I thought of her or at least added to my working idea of who she was as a human outside of her role as First Lady. I think The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable will do the same for JFK. We have heard the rumors of his affairs, most famously with Marilyn Monroe, but this tells the story of a real woman’s life which included a relationship with JFK. I suspect that we will think of JFK more as a man than as The President while reading this book. This is one of my favorite things about historical fiction (I have a lot of favorite things about historical fiction, haha!)
From the publisher:
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.