The Pink Suit (Paperback)
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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 09/04/2015
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On 22 November 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy accompanied her husband to Dallas, Texas, wearing a pink suit that was one of his favourites. But as Jackie was greeted by ecstatic crowds that sunny morning, nobody could have dreamt just how iconic the suit would soon become.


In The Pink Suit, Nicole Mary Kelby has written a novel imagining the life of the garment that became emblematic of the moment the American Dream turned to ashes. Kate is an Irish seamstress working in the back room at Chez Ninon, an exclusive Manhattan atelier entrusted with creating much of Jackie's wardrobe. Kate and the First Lady share roots in rural Ireland, and although their lives could not be more different, Kate honours their connection by using the muslin toiles for each piece she sews for Mrs Kennedy to fashion an identical garment - in a different fabric - for her own niece.


Then comes the terrible day that pictures of Kate's handiwork,splashed with the president's blood, are beamed all over the world.The Pink Suit is a fascinating novel about politics, fashion, history and the people who have a hand in it - from the backrooms of a Manhattan dressmaker's to the Blue Room at the White House.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781844089758
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 254 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A remarkable novel . . . Kelby has a talent for blending history and fiction - seamlessly * Daily Mail *
Engaging and moving . . . here reality and fiction intertwine, held together by the power of a single, fascinating narrative thread * Harper's Bazaar *
Kelby has conjured a terrific novel blending fact and fiction to mesmerising effect * Good Book Guide *
Kelby captures the Mad Men-era struggles of women torn between marriage and work . . . The Pink Suit is tailor-made for enjoyment * Washington Post *

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Richard Watson

“An unusual take on the Kennedy White House”

At Waterstones, we often get proof copies sent to us so we can read and review them before publication, so there are always books floating about in our staff rooms. Sometimes, if I'm between thick history books... More

Paperback edition
2 similar books recommended
13th March 2015
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IfTheseBooksCouldTalk

“The Pink Suit”

I’m a sucker for ‘Brand Kennedy’ – anything, be it fictional accounts such as Stephen King’s fabulous 11:22:63 or my shelf full of biographies telling all about life in ‘Camelot’ and I’m there. So when I was scrolling... More

Hardback edition
29th May 2014
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“A beautifully written and cleverly crafted story linking history with fiction”

The Pink Suit was one of those gems that wasn't on my radar before a copy of the novel unexpectedly popped into my mail box, but I am so glad it did. It's a beautiful and provocative book, different from... More

Paperback edition
14th May 2015
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