Jackie & Me
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About the Author
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review "[Bayard] brings a poignant empathy, persuasive intimacy, and nuanced imagination to his interpretation of a relatively unexamined chapter in Kennedy lore."
--Booklist, starred review "Bayard is a master of historical fiction; this exquisite book is no exception."
--Library Journal, starred review "Bayard offers an enchanting narrative of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Jacqueline Bouvier . . . Delightfully dishy . . . Bayard suffuses the spritzy story with wit, charm, and depth. The result is tailor-made for fans of Camelot drama."
--Publishers Weekly "I absolutely adore this novel! It's a testament to Louis Bayard's remarkable gifts as storyteller how suspenseful it is, given that we already know this story . . . or do we? Full of Bayard's trademark charm and wit, with prose that sings and a perfect voice, Jackie & Me delighted me from beginning to end."
--Angie Kim, author of Miracle Creek "We all dream of novels as good as this one: Fascinating, funny, gorgeous, heartbreaking. In my next life I want to be Louis Bayard."
--Julia Claiborne Johnson, author of Be Frank With Me and Better Luck Next Time "A loving and romantic look at an unlikely friendship told with a playful command of language that feels as effortless as it is exciting. Bayard possesses a singular wit and deftly uses it to give fresh insight into even his best-known characters. I never wanted it to end."
--Steven Rowley, author of The Editor and The Guncle "All of Louis Bayard's incredible gifts as a teller of stories we think we already know are on brilliant display here: a captivating setting, unforgettable characters, and an entirely surprising take on a familiar tale. Jackie & Me is riveting, funny, charming, and haunting. He makes it look so easy! I will happily follow Bayard wherever he leads."
--Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The Nest and Good Company "A startling rendering of Jackie Kennedy's life written with panache and daring."
--Laurence Leamer, bestselling author of The Kennedy Women and Capote's Women "It's hard to combine wit and tender-heartedness in a single book, but Louis Bayard has produced a lovely amalgam in Jackie & Me. This latest subtly crafted addition to his oeuvre boasts a top-notch structure and the best-ever depiction of 'Papa Joe' Kennedy, as well as a portrait of Janet Auchincloss, Jackie's mother, that is poisonous perfection."
--Thomas Mallon, author of Henry and Clara and Watergate Praise for Courting Mr. Lincoln: "An exquisite historical reimagining of a love acknowledged--and a longing denied."
--People "Bayard has written eight other novels, and he's extraordinarily gifted at blending provocative fiction with history. The details of [Mary Todd and Lincoln's] courtship are lovely to read, but Lincoln's time with Speed is much more riveting. At book's end, who's courting Lincoln remains an enticing mystery."
--The Washington Post "Bayard's masterful command of language enchants and thrills; his meticulous, almost otherworldly, understanding of his historical subject awes and inspires . . . Courting Mr. Lincoln is Bayard at his absolute best. He offers more reasons to love one of the most admired presidents in U.S. history and proves yet again why he himself is one of the nation's greatest literary gems."
--Shelf Awareness "Thoroughly researched and thrillingly plotted . . . Filled with rich historical detail and compulsively readable, Courting Mr. Lincoln is a story of a best friend, a future wife, and the political legend that they came together to create, each leaving an indelible mark on the man that would one day become president. Fans of historical fiction will be up late into the night to uncover the next chapter of this fascinating time in history."
--New York Journal of Books Praise for Louis Bayard's Previous Work:
"A tour de force."
"Brilliantly plotted and completely absorbing."
--Sunday Times (London)
"Shimmering, knock-your-socks-off language."
"Bayard reinvigorates historical fiction, rendering the past as if he'd witnessed it firsthand."
--The New York Times