Jackie and Maria: A Novel of Jackie Kennedy & Maria Callas

Morrow. Aug. 2020. 480p. ISBN 9780062952493. pap. $16.99. F.
This historical fiction novel explores the parallel lives of two women associated with Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis. Alternating between the voices of former first lady Jackie Kennedy and iconic soprano Maria Callas, the story covers the period of 1957 to 1977. Readers accompany Maria through a tempestuous yet passionate nine-year love affair with Onassis and witness Jackie’s private relationship with John F. Kennedy before and during his presidency. Later, the complicated love triangle among Maria, Onassis, and Jackie is uncovered. This novel is an addictive pleasure, offering readers a front-row seat to an infamous rivalry and the opportunity to hobnob vicariously with the rich and famous.
VERDICT Fans of historical fiction, those obsessed with the Camelot years, or readers who simply delight in a good story should reserve a copy. Despite taking some literary liberties, Paul (The Lost Daughter) presents a mostly accurate portrayal of real events through the fictional voices of Jackie and Maria. The captivating narrative paired with supplemental reading group questions paves the way for an instant book club ­favorite.
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