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The Editor

Steven Rowley

Warwick's presents
Steven Rowley

The Editor

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 7:30pm

7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

Reserved Seating is available when the book is pre-ordered from Warwick's for the event. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

On Wednesday, May 15th at 7:30pm Warwick's will host Steven Rowley as he discusses and signs his new book, The Editor. Steven 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. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available when the book is pre-ordered from Warwick's for the event. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

The Editor opens in New York City circa 1992, when James Smale, a gifted but struggling young writer, learns a major publisher has expressed interest in his as-yet unpublished book.  Finally, a real editor wants to discuss his work. Don’t blow it, he thinks. Soon he’s in a Doubleday conference room nervously awaiting the guy who holds James’s future in his hands. Only it turns out, it’s not a guy. And it’s not just any editor but arguably the most famous editor in the world: the one and only Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. And so begins the ride of a lifetime as this unlikely duo spar and bond over the mother-son dance writ large in James’s candidly autobiographical manuscript.

Mrs. Onassis, as she’s respectfully known around the office, believes in the author’s talent, but she’s also certain the story needs a stronger ending. As Jackie and James plow into the book and their unexpected friendship deepens, she quietly presses him to head home to confront his difficult family history. It’s the only way to deliver a truly authentic ending, she gently reasons, and reluctantly he comes around to her way of thinking. But after a startling family secret is revealed, James wonders if Jackie knew all along that the journey home would unwittingly expose wrenching truths, and that illumination could slowly and inevitably bring true healing.

With lovably flawed characters and Rowley’s signature intimate prose, The Editor shares poignant truths about young men and their mothers, authors and their editors, and the minefields of speaking the truth about those we love. From James’s tender and sometimes tense relationship with his boyfriend Daniel, to his jagged history with his distant ex-Marine father and steely mother, The Editor offers brilliant insight into emotionally fractured families in which relationships ebb and flow through the years, despite best intentions. This is a testament to Steven Rowley’s utterly original storytelling. Subtly layered with affectionate detail about a beloved historical figure, it spotlights one of the least explored periods of the former First Lady’s life as it weaves a beautiful, moving tale about the importance of reconciliation.