While packing my books for vacation, I came across the Advanced Reader Copy of The Editor that I had received at the Texas Library Conference in April. What an appropriate book for this Indie Editor to take on a car trip to the Indie Book Fest in Orlando!
Because of commitments and driving, I was slowly working my way through Florida and this book. What a captivating read. The main character, James Smale, is an author, and the reader follows his journey from writing to self-discovery. Every book carries pieces of the author. This book beautifully illustrates that process, and the impact it has on this author was illuminated and keep me riveted to the story.
While the title may be The Editor, this is much more a story of an Author. While I would never dream of comparing myself to an editor like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, I do hope that I am successful in helping the authors I work with to reach their highest potential.
After years of trying to make it as a writer in 1990s New York City, James Smale finally sells his novel 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. Then a long-held family secret is revealed, and he realizes his editor may have had a larger plan that goes beyond the page…
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.