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July 7, 2019: I had nice things to say about Jackie Susann* in 2016; this year I have nice things to say about Jackie Onassis, particularly the way she’s depicted in Steven Rowley’s new novel, The Editor, which I review in today’s Portland Press Herald (see here). The novel imagines the real Jackie O’s improbable third act: in 1975, she launched a career as a book editor in Manhattan. Onassis’s literary life didn’t quite overlap with that of the other publishing-sensation Jackie, who died in 1974, but I like to think that each would have admired the other’s pluck and big brown hair.

*Yeah, well, the link’s still broken but they told me they’d fix it, so…