The Editor

Category: Book
By (author): Rowley, Steven
Subject:  FICTION / Family Life
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Historical
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: Putnam
Published: April 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.81in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus comes a funny, poignant, and highly original novel about an author whose relationship with his very famous book editor will change him forever--both as a writer and a son.

After years of struggling as a writer in 1990s New York City, James Smale finally gets his big break when his novel sells to an editor at a major publishing house: none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Jackie, or Mrs. Onassis as she's known in the office, has fallen in love with James's candidly autobiographical novel, one that exposes his own dysfunctional family. But when the book's forthcoming publication threatens to unravel already fragile relationships, both within his family and with his partner, James finds that he can't bring himself to finish the manuscript.

Jackie and James develop an unexpected friendship, and she pushes him to write an authentic ending, encouraging him to head home to confront the truth about his relationship with his mother. But when a long-held family secret is revealed, he realizes his editor may have had a larger plan that goes beyond the page...

With lovable characters and the same intimate prose that readers loved in Steven Rowley's debut novel, Lily and the Octopus, The Editor is a poignant, insightful novel of young men and their mothers, authors and their editors, and the minefields of speaking the truth about those we love.
Review Quote*Praise for The Editor

"Told with warmth and humor, Steven Rowley's charming second novel tells the story of a mother-son reconciliation, facilitated by a most unlikely fairy godmother. The Editor offers a delightful, fictional glimpse of an iconic American family-but it is, at heart, a tribute to every family whose last name isn't Kennedy."-Chloe Benjamin, author of The Immortalists

"Steven Rowley has hit a home run. What a stunning portrayal of family this is. At equal turns laugh-out-loud funny and searingly poignant, Rowley has created a truly unforgettable story of a son trying to understand his mother. The Editor is one of those exceptional stories that is both a joy to read on every page and also deeply profound and significant. It took my breath away."-Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones and the Six 

"When you've loved an author's debut, there's a little bit of breath holding when you are presented with the second. Well, exhale, because Steven Rowley's The Editor is an absolute triumph! By page three, I announced aloud, 'I LOVE THIS BOOK.' And it didn't stop even after I finished it. Rowley is a master of creating characters you fall in love with, and never want to leave. The Editor is irresistible."-Julie Klam, author of The Stars In Our Eyes and You Had Me at Woof

"The Editor will have you weeping tears of joy when it's not quietly breaking your heart. It's a study of mothers and sons, unlikely friendships, and how we go about collecting the scattered pieces of our pasts. It takes guts, humor, and immense talent to write a book like this. Lucky for us, Rowley has plenty of all three."-Grant Ginder, author of The People We Hate at the Wedding

"What fun! This droll and wonderfully poignant book gives you full access to one of the most fascinating figures of the 20th century. A delight."-Henry Alford, author of And Then We Danced

"This funny, warm and thought-provoking novel is the next best thing to having Jackie O. around to make us see how the larger-than-life characters in our own histories-our mothers-are as human, fallible, and as prone to heartbreak as us kids. Keep tissues handy. I had to use a bedsheet."-Julia Claiborne Johnson, author of Be Frank With Me

"The Editor is an absolute delight from start to finish. Steven Rowley writes such evocative, compelling characters, and his ability to buck the cliche in favor of true nuanced emotion is a gift. Rowley's portrayal of the unconventional relationship between a charmingly uncertain James Smale and the one and only Mrs. Onassis made me laugh, nod and eventually, cry. I adored this book!"-Sally Hepworth, author of The Family Next Door and The Mother-in-Law
Biographical NoteSteven Rowley is the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus, which has been translated into nineteen languages. He has worked as a freelance writer, newspaper columnist, and screenwriter. Originally from Portland, Maine, Rowley is a graduate of Emerson College. He currently resides in Los Angeles.