Dawn Tripp with Kerri Maher

"The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like." ~ E. L. Doctorow

Acclaimed author Dawn Tripp joins us to discuss her brilliant new novel, Jackie, where she brings Jackie Kennedy's own voice to life through her most intimate thoughts. No one puts things better than our beloved Chris Bohjalian: "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.” 

Tripp spent a decade researching and writing Jackie, including through extensive biography and article reading (a source list is included in the back of the book), travel to places Jackie visited, and reading Jackie's favorite literature to best encapsulate her voice. Dawn will discuss Jackie with Kerri Maher, author of the bestselling All You Have to Do Is Call, answer audience questions, and sign books. Books will be available for purchase at the event along with beer and wine. 

“Inspired by a rare photograph capturing a tender moment between a young Jack and Jackie Kennedy, Tripp imagines what might have happened in the moments before the shutter clicked, and conjures the magic behind their transcendent love story. . .With a fitting sense of elegance and poignancy, Tripp’s expert and insightful fictionalization of Jackie’s life manages an authenticity equal to any biography, making it a requisite addition to the Jackie canon.” – Booklist, Starred Review

“This meticulously researched and lyrically written portrait of Jackie will appeal not only to baby boomers who experienced the historic events of her life but also to anyone who appreciates intimate novels about women’s hearts, minds, and souls. A must-purchase.” – Library Journal, Starred Review

“Ethereal. . .Tripp, who appends an extensive bibliography, has clearly done her research and integrates it seamlessly into the novel. . . An elegiac and meticulously crafted ode to a still somewhat mysterious figure.” – Kirkus

“An intimate portrait of Jackie Kennedy during her courtship and marriage to JFK. . .Tripp brings Jackie and Jack’s romance to life through carefully crafted scenes and offers a humanizing portrait of Jackie’s complex love for her husband. Camelot devotees, take note.”  – Publishers Weekly  

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.

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

Jackie is the story of a woman who forged a legacy out of grief and shaped history even as she was living it—a deeply private person with a nuanced, formidable intellect. 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, and she thinks Kennedy is not her kind of adventure: “Too American. Too good-looking. Too boy.” Yet she is drawn to his mind, his humor, and 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 spellbinding novel is a window into the world of a woman who led many different lives: Jackie, Jacks, Jacqueline, Miss Bouvier, Mrs. Kennedy, Mrs. Onassis, Jackie O. It is at once a deeply human story and a captivating work of imagination that comes right up against what she was thinking and feeling, what she was afraid of, fought for, and believed in.

Dawn Tripp is the author of the novel Georgia, which was a national bestseller, finalist for the New England Book Award, and 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. She serves on the board of the Boston Book Festival and on the board of Gnome Surf: A non-profit Surf Therapy Organization focused on creating a culture shift towards kindness, love, and acceptance for athletes of all abilities. She graduated from Harvard and lives in Massachusetts with her sons.

Kerri Maher is the USA Today bestselling author of The Paris BooksellerThe Girl in White GlovesThe Kennedy Debutante, and, under the name Kerri Majors, This Is Not a Writing Manual: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and lives with her daughter and dog in a leafy suburb west of Boston, Massachusetts.


Tuesday, July 30, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
111 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762
Jackie: A Novel By Dawn Tripp Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812997217
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Published: Random House - June 18th, 2024

Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe By Dawn Tripp Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812981865
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 17th, 2017

All You Have to Do Is Call By Kerri Maher Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593102213
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Published: Berkley - September 19th, 2023