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The Kennedy Debutante
By (author): Kerri Maher
9780451492050 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Historical / General Aug 13, 2019
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.47 x 8.27 x 0.99 in 400 pages Berkley
Now in paperback, the captivating novel following the exploits of Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, the forgotten and rebellious daughter of one of America’s greatest political dynasties.

London, 1938. The effervescent “It girl” of London society since her father was named the ambassador, Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy moves in rarefied circles, rubbing satin-covered elbows with some of the twentieth century’s most powerful figures. Eager to escape the watchful eye of her strict mother, Rose; the antics of her older brothers, Jack and Joe; and the erratic behavior of her sister Rosemary, Kick is ready to strike out on her own and is soon swept off her feet by Billy Hartington, the future Duke of Devonshire.



But their love is forbidden, as Kick’s devout Catholic family and Billy’s staunchly Protestant one would never approve their match. And when war breaks like a tidal wave across her world, Billy is ripped from her arms as the Kennedys are forced to return to the States. Kick finds work as a journalist and joins the Red Cross to get back to England, where she will have to decide where her true loyalties lie—with family or with love. . . .

Story Locale: WWII London, United Kingdom

WOMEN’S FICTION TRIFECTA NOW IN PAPERBACK: Maher’s debut novel is a behind-the-scenes look at the Kennedys, has a strong, compelling female protagonist, and is set in World War II era London

AMERICAN ROYALTY: An insider look at the Kennedys, dubbed America’s royal family and a long-cherished pop-culture obsession

HIDDEN FIGURE: Little has been written about the fascinating Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, an overshadowed figure from history whose close relationships with her charismatic brother JFK, her supportive older brother Joe, her controlling mother Rose, and her mentally unstable sister Rosemary are all depicted with compelling insight and sensitivity

LONDON IN WORLD WAR II: World War II books are always popular and Maher’s reflections of London during war time will captivate and enchant with their authenticity

FASCINATING HISTORICAL DETAIL: The author read original Kennedy letters, telegrams, and Kick’s scrapbooks for her research, giving readers a true inside look at the Kennedys; the novel includes an engaging Author’s Note that describes some of her research in more detail

PERFECT FOR BOOK CLUBS: Filled with powerful discussion topics about WW II, the Kennedys and Kick having to choose between love and faith

Kerri Maher is also the author of This Is Not a Writing Manual: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World under the name Kerri Majors. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and founded YARN, an award-winning literary journal of short-form YA writing. A writing professor for many years, she now writes full-time and lives with her daughter in Massachusetts, where apple picking and long walks in the woods are especially fine.

Author Residence: Boston, MA

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Publicity: Select author appearances

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Author Website: kerrimaher.com

Author Social Media: Facebook @kerrimaherwriter; Twitter @kerrimaherbooks; Instagram @kerrimaherwriter

Named one of InStyle’s “10 Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down This October”

Praise for The Kennedy Debutante

“Maher’s debut stars a debutante to root for in this moving coming-of-age tale.”—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network

“Maher beautifully mixes the red-blooded American iconography of the Kennedys with the delicious and Downton Abbey-esque grandeur of Britain’s upper crusts…[Kick] proves a poignant and captivating subject, and her story will make your heart lurch in the best possible ways.”—Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Empress

“A vivid and engrossing portrayal of the fascinating life of Kathleen ’Kick’ Kennedy. Maher offers a dazzling glimpse of London society filled with a rich, nuanced, and infamous cast of characters alongside a poignant depiction of the emotional cost of war. A stunning debut!”—Chanel Cleeton, author of Next Year in Havana (Reese’s Book Club Pick)

“An outstanding deep dive into a fascinating person and time. For fans of The Crown, the riveting story of a headstrong American girl captivated by a dashing British aristocrat. I’m blown away.”—Fiona Davis, author of The Masterpiece

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