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Innocent, coltish Jacqueline Bouvier is a career girl in 1950s Washington, DC, torn between a desperate need for independence and her own career and her fascination with a dashing young Congressman, Jack Kennedy. The world knows how the marriage turned out, but here’s a fascinating, witty, and sensitive story of how the marriage almost never happened.

In the spring of 1951, debutante Jacqueline Bouvier, working as the Inquiring Photographer for the Washington Times-Herald, meets Jack Kennedy, a charming Congressman from a notorious and powerful family, at a party in Washington, DC. Young, rebellious, eager to break free from her mother, Jackie is drawn to the elusive young politician, and soon she and Jack are bantering over secret dinner dates and short work phone calls. Jack, busy with House duties during the week and Senate campaigning on the weekend (as well as his other now-well-known extracurricular activities) convinces his best friend and fixer, Lem Billings, to court Jackie on his behalf. Only gradually does Jackie begin to realize that she is being groomed to be the perfect political wife, whether Jack is interested in settling down or not.

Taking place mostly during the spring and summer before Jack and Jackie’s wedding, and narrated by an older Lem as he looks back at his own relationship with the Kennedys and his role in this complicated marriage, Jackie & Me is a searching story about a young woman of a certain class with narrow options, two people who loved each other, and two people who realized too late that they devoted their lives to Jack at their own expense.

Sharply written, steeped in the era, and with witty appearances by members of the extended Kennedy clan, this is Jackie as never before seen, in a story about love, sacrifice, friendship, and betrayal.

©2022 Louis Bayard (P)2022 Workman Audio

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This book was well written and I might have enjoyed it more except for the sub par narration. I cannot recall when I have heard so many mispronunciations and weird emphasis in certain phrases and sentences. It was so hard to tolerate that I would have returned it to Audible except that I got it for a book club.
As to the book, it was well written but I was just not as interested in the subject matter as I thought I would be. Also, Lem was such a sad character that it was pretty depressing.

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I was looking forward to this book. It was an interesting take on Jackie deciding to marry. The narrator ruined it for me. There were several mispronounced words and trying too hard on foreign words. The real issue for me was the way he spoke for the women and the Kennedys. It would have been so much better if he had just used his normal voice.