Jackie & Me

Algonquin. Jun. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781643750354. $27.95. F
Lem Billings, John F. Kennedy’s roommate from boarding school, takes center stage in this imagining of JFK’s courtship of Jackie. Billings knows Kennedy to be a true friend who opened up both the doors of power and to his own family, the rambunctious Kennedy tribe, to him after Lem lost his own father. He also knows that JFK has never been, and will never be, faithful to any woman. But the time for John to ally himself with someone suitable is coming. JFK’s political star is rising and, to be elected to the US Senate in the 1950s, he needs to be married. Jacqueline Bouvier, raised to marry into wealth, seems to fit the bill. Lem is deputized to ensure that Jackie understands her role in her future marriage, but at the fateful moment, Lem fails both Jackie and JFK.
VERDICT Bayard (Courting Mr. Lincoln) is a master of historical fiction; this exquisite book is no exception. This is a love triangle in which the future president is tragically incapable of fully returning the love given to him by both Jackie and Lem. A necessary purchase for public libraries.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing