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The Pink Suit

by Nicole Mary Kelby

The Pink Suit Synopsis

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.

The Good Book Guide Review

The pink suit worn by First Lady Jackie Kennedy on that fateful trip to Dallas in November 1963 has assumed iconic significance. A copy of an admired Chanel classic, it had been made by Kate, a young Irish seamstress in a Manhattan boutique, who sees her handiwork beamed across the globe after the President is assassinated. From this premise, Kelby has conjured a terrific novel blending fact and fiction to mesmerising effect.

The Pink Suit Press Reviews

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9781844089758
Publication date: 9th April 2015
Author: Nicole Mary Kelby
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 320 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Nicole Mary Kelby

Nicole Mary Kelby is the critically acclaimed author of four previous novels. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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