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The Editor by Steven Rowley | A GGP Virtual Book Chat on Zoom

May 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

Join us on Zoom on Tuesday, May 19 at 7 PM Pacific for a virtual book chat about one of Kathleen’s favorite books, THE EDITOR by Steven Rowley. We expect Steven Rowley to join us!


Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82390231644

We’ll be playing excerpts of the audiobook from our audiobook partner, Libro.fm. You can get your audiobook here: bit.ly/LibroEditor

If you’d prefer paper, here’s a link to our website where you can order a copy for shipment from our warehouse: bit.ly/GGPEditor

“What happens when you write that novel and it finally finds a home at a publishing house? If it’s 1992 and your editor is Jackie O, you are forced to look deeper and answer the questions you been avoiding your whole life — this is a must-read for any aspiring writer!”— Kathleen

April 2019 Indie Next List

“Steven Rowley’s new novel is exactly the balm I needed in today’s climate. Focusing on a young writer who discovers that his editor is none other than Jackie Kennedy Onassis, the book explores both romantic and familial relationships in a humorous and touching manner. Although the writing is wickedly barbed and the zingers fly at the speed of a 1940s rom-com, The Editor is so much more. There is real heart in the writing as well as real love between the characters. It’s a true delight and the kind of book people who loved Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine or Less will truly enjoy. Just be prepared with a box of tissues and your favorite cocktail (Jackie would suggest daiquiris).”

— William Carl, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA


From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus comes a novel about a struggling writer who gets his big break, with a little help from the most famous woman in America.

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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

One of:

NPR’s Favorite Books of 2019

Esquire’s “Best Books of 2019 (So Far)”

Southern Living’s “25 Beach Reads Perfect for Summer”

PopSugar’s “Buzzy Books to Read This Spring”

Town & Country’s “Must-Read Books of Spring 2019”

Cosmopolitan’s “13 Best Books Coming Out in April”


May 19, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
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