The Editor

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Penguin, Apr 2, 2019 - Fiction - 320 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
11
Section 3
23
Section 4
29
Section 5
39
Section 6
43
Section 7
49
Section 8
56
Section 21
168
Section 22
177
Section 23
187
Section 24
195
Section 25
202
Section 26
210
Section 27
215
Section 28
227

Section 9
71
Section 10
79
Section 11
86
Section 12
91
Section 13
96
Section 14
105
Section 15
119
Section 16
129
Section 17
134
Section 18
144
Section 19
155
Section 20
163
Section 29
235
Section 30
244
Section 31
250
Section 32
251
Section 33
262
Section 34
274
Section 35
285
Section 36
293
Section 37
299
Section 38
309
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About the author (2019)

Steven Rowley is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels: Lily and the Octopus, a Washington Post Notable Book; The Editor, an NPR Best Book of the Year; The Guncle, winner of the twenty-second Thurber Prize for American Humor and Goodreads Choice Awards finalist for Novel of the Year; and The Celebrants, a TODAY Show Read With Jenna book club pick. His fiction has been translated into twenty languages. He resides in Palm Springs, California.

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