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The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable []



Gable (The Book of Summer, 2017) offers an unvarnished fictional view of a maid’s affair with a young Jack Kennedy and its repercussions throughout her life, and possibly for US history. In 1950, Alicia Darr is a Polish displaced person (DP) working at a movie theater in Hyannis when she is taken on as a temporary maid at the crowded and chaotic Kennedy summer house. She’s just 21 years old and has already reinvented herself more than once since living in prewar affluence. Her beauty catches the eye of Jack, then a young congressman, and they are soon involved in a passionate affair. Alicia is an excellent match for Jack intellectually, sexually, and socially, until a secret from her past causes him to call off their engagement. Alicia leaves Hyannis for Hollywood, and begins to make her own way, maintaining intermittent contact with Jack until he becomes president.

Gable brings her flair for multigenerational stories rooted in New England summers to this inspired-by-a-true-story tale that will appeal to Kennedy watchers, seasonal romantics, and fans of old Hollywood.

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