The Editor

The Editor

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.

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    The Editor Reviews

  • Larry H

    4.5 stars.Steven Rowley's The Editor really hit the spot for me. It was utterly charming, it had so much heart, and it dealt with some of my favorite subjects—family dysfunction, struggles with se...

  • Katie B

    I actually squealed when I first read the synopsis for this one. I thought it was such a clever idea for a historical fiction book and I was really impressed with the author's ability to think a littl...

  • JanB

    How would you react if you show up at a meeting with a publisher, and find out to your surprise that the editor is none other than Jackie Kennedy Onassis? This is the situation James Smale finds himse...

  • Tammy

    Unpublished author, James Smale, is star-struck. Who wouldn’t be? When he finally secures a book deal his editor is none other than Mrs. Jackie Onassis. However, there is one major snag. Mrs. Onassi...

  • Carol (Bookaria)

    THE EDITOR is written by the same author that wrote LILY AND THE OCTOPUS, which is a book I loved.Imagine that, after pouring your heart into writing a book, a publishing house in NY calls you to have...

  • Toni

    OMG, and I’m not a fan of that phrase, but I’m listening to the audio and it is brilliant! Michael Urie fits as tight as “James Smale’s glove” as his character and narrator. Out today! Run t...

  • Marialyce

    There are some books that start up out of the gate as gang busters and make you think that this book is one for you. That is how this book began for me. When I got to the fifty percent point, I starte...

  • Cindy Burnett

    The Editor is an absolute gem from start to finish. Rowley writes beautifully and lyrically, and his depiction of tough familial issues interspersed with the wit and wisdom of Jackie Onassis creates a...

  • Amy Imogene Reads

    4 starsAn aspiring gay novelist in 1990s New York lands a publishing deal exploring the estranged relationship between a mother and son, and discovers his Doubleday editor is none other than former Fi...

  • Judy

    Wouldn't it be great if Jackie O. was your editor? Well that's what's happened to James when his first book is accepted by a publisher - he's assigned to Jackie Kennedy Onassis. James is awestruck,Jam...