Jackie: A Novel (Hardcover)

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In this mesmerizing novel about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, acclaimed author Dawn Tripp has crafted an intimate story of love and power, family and tragedy, loss and reinvention.

“A brilliant, beautiful book [that] touches the soul.”—Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author of The Princess of Las Vegas


The world has divided my life into three:

Life with Jack
Life with Onassis
Life as a woman who goes to work because she wants to.

My life is all of these things, and it is none of these things. They continue to miss what’s right in front of them. I love books. I love the sea. I love horses. Children. Art. Ideas. History. Beauty. Because beauty blows us open to wonder.
Even the beauty that breaks your heart.

Jackie is the story of a woman—deeply private with a nuanced, formidable intellect—who forged a legacy out of grief and shaped history even as she was living it. It is the story of a love affair, a complicated marriage, and the fracturing of identity that comes in the wake of unthinkable violence.

When Jackie meets the charismatic congressman Jack Kennedy in Georgetown, she is twenty-one and dreaming of France. She has won an internship at Vogue. Kennedy, she thinks, is not her kind of adventure: “Too American. Too good-looking. Too boy.” Yet she is drawn to his mind, his humor, his drive. The chemistry between them ignites. During the White House years, the love between two independent people deepens. Then, a motorcade in Dallas: “Three and a half seconds—that’s all it was—a slivered instant between the first shot, which missed the car, and the second, which did not. . . . A hypnotic burst of sunlight off her bracelet as she waved.”

This vivid, exquisitely written novel is at once a captivating work of the imagination and a window into the world of a woman who led many lives: Jackie, Jacks, Jacqueline, Miss Bouvier, Mrs. Kennedy, Jackie O.

About the Author


Dawn Tripp is the author of the novel Georgia, which was a national bestseller, a finalist for the New England Book Award, and the winner of the Mary Lynn Kotz Award for Art in Literature. She is the author of three previous novels: Game of Secrets, Moon Tide, and The Season of Open Water, which won the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction. Her poems and essays have appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, Harvard Review, AGNI, Conjunctions, and NPR, among others. Tripp lives in Massachusetts with her sons.

Praise For…


“An intimate, episodic narrative . . . Tripp’s wonderful, pointillistic skill with physical description and the deft, empathetic leaps she takes—jumping off from letters, contemporary memoirs and photographs snapped of the former first lady—gives ‘Jackie’ undeniable emotional punch. . . . Tripp’s book stands out for its psychological acuity . . . notable for its admirable emphasis on the intelligence and grace of this valiant American woman.”—The Washington Post

“Readers will devour this richly-detailed novel about the heart and soul of the most famous woman of the twentieth century.”—Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of California Golden

“What a wondrous accomplishment Jackie is. I would say the tale feels as if Dawn Tripp took dictation straight from her subject, except that would diminish the work and skill underlying every word of this hypnotic, intelligent, deeply felt accounting of what it may have been like to be the woman who never wanted to be the myth.”—Therese Anne Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

“In her lyrical fever dream of a novel, Tripp offers a glimpse into the heart and soul of a thoughtful, brilliant woman who reluctantly stepped into the spotlight and was dogged by tragedy before ultimately coming into her own. From its gripping opening scene to the final page, I found myself entranced by Tripp’s prose and barely holding back tears. . . . Electrifying.”—Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Spectacular

“Society Bride. Mother. Fashion Plate. First Lady. Saint. Curse. I relished each page of this gorgeous, poetic, and piercing journey into the depths of an iconic woman’s heart, mind, and soul.”—Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of Finding Margaret Fuller

“The reason we read historical fiction is because sometimes the facts just aren’t enough. A brilliant, beautiful book like Dawn Tripp’s Jackie touches the soul in ways conventional biographies can’t. I devoured this novel and felt the power of history and a remarkable woman.”—Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author of The Princess of Las Vegas

“Meticulously researched and lyrically written . . . A must-purchase.”Library Journal, starred review

“Expert and insightful . . . a requisite addition to the Jackie canon.”Booklist, starred review

“Luminous . . . a dazzling portrait of a woman growing beyond the myth that often held her captive.”—Shelf Awareness, starred review

“Ethereal . . . An elegiac and meticulously crafted ode to a still somewhat mysterious figure.”Kirkus Reviews

“Tripp brings Jackie and Jack’s romance to life through carefully crafted scenes, and offers a humanizing portrayal of Jackie’s complex love for her husband. Camelot devotees, take note.”Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9780812997217
ISBN-10: 0812997212
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: June 18th, 2024
Pages: 496
Language: English