The Summer I Met Jack
From the author of the New York Times bestseller A Paris Apartment, a new historical novel based on the life of Alicia Corning Clark and her real-life romance with then-Congressman JFK. In 1950 Alicia emigrates from Poland to the U.S. under the Displaced Persons Act, and is hired to work as a housekeeper for the wealthy Kennedy family in Hyannis Port, Maine. That’s when she meets oldest son and rising politician Jack. The two fall in love and quickly become engaged, but Jack’s father forbids the marriage because Alicia is Jewish, so Alicia takes off for Hollywood, while Jack focuses on his political ambitions. But neither forgets the other. Readers will be consulting their history books to see what’s fact and what’s fiction in this story about the woman who J. Edgar Hoover was convinced bore JFK’s child.
In this scintillating audiobook from New York Times best-selling author Michelle Gable, listeners are asked to imagine the affair between John F. Kennedy and Alicia Corning Clark – and the child they may have had.
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 35th 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 whom J. Edgar Hoover insisted was paid by the Kennedys to keep quiet about not only her romance with Jack Kennedy but also a baby they may have had together.