Meet Michelle Gable, author of The Summer I Met Jack, on June 6th from 6:30pm-8:30pm.
The Summer I Met Jack
Based on a real story - in 1950, a young, beautiful Polish refugee arrives in Hyannisport, Massachusetts to work as a maid for one of the wealthiest families in America. Alicia is at once dazzled by the large and charismatic family, in particular the oldest son, a rising politician named Jack.
Alicia and Jack are soon engaged, but his domineering father forbids the marriage. And so, Alicia trades Hyannisport for Hollywood, and eventually Rome. She dates famous actors and athletes and royalty, including Gary Cooper, Kirk Douglas, and Katharine Hepburn, all the while staying close with Jack. A decade after they meet, on the eve of Jack’s inauguration as the thirty-fifth President of the United States, the two must confront what they mean to each other.
The Summer I Met Jack is based on the fascinating real life of Alicia Corning Clark, a woman who J. Edgar Hoover insisted was paid by the Kennedys to keep quiet, not only about her romance with Jack Kennedy, but also a baby they may have had together.
From Michelle's website
"I’m the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A PARIS APARTMENT, I’LL SEE YOU IN PARIS, and the newly released THE BOOK OF SUMMER. I have numerous other never-to-be-seen books that will forever remain stored in my childhood bedroom.
I grew up in sunny San Diego with my brilliant, hilarious parents–my dad is also a writer–and my equally entertaining and extremely accomplished brother and sister. They are younger but I will only cop to my advanced age some of the time. Add in a vibrant extended family and I have no shortage of “material” for future books.
I began writing in fourth grade after my parents gave me a book called Someday You’ll Write. I started with short stories and eventually elevated to terrible high school novels in which people sported “white pumps” and the protagonist said things like “His name was Justin. He was tall, almost 5’2.” According to lifelong friends, I turned every playdate and ugugumber party into a writing group.
Authorial aspirations in mind, I attended The College of William & Mary (Tribe Pride!) and majored in…accounting. As one does. After graduation, I pursued a career in finance, first at the now-defunct Arthur Andersen, later moving to private equity, followed by investment banking, then back to private equity, ultimately landing at software giant Ellie Mae as head of Investor Relations.
Throughout it all, I wrote. Nearly every day. I wrote at five o’clock in the morning, or eleven o’clock at night, or while my children assembled their own school lunches–both before I was a “published author” and ever since. I’ll See You in Paris was written almost entirely by hand, sitting behind softball dugouts or in the car while my daughters warmed up pitching and catching.
n the Spring of 2016, I ended my 20-year career in finance to focus on writing full time (and sometimes playing too much tennis). On a related note, in the Winter of 2017, I ended my lifelong career in rooting for the Chargers when they announced their move to LA. I’m looking for a new NFL team, if you have any suggestions.
I live in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California with my husband, two daughters, lazy cat, and very feisty bunny."