Farewell, Jackie: A Portrait of Her Final Days

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In November 1993 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis took a tumble from her horse during a hunt in Virginia. A scarce six months later, on May 19, 1994, this fascinating woman of substance, style, and steely will passed away in her Park Avenue home. Farewell, Jackie by bestselling author Edward Klein, who knew Jackie for more than a dozen years, is the moving account of those last months and a celebration of the life of an American icon who faced death as she faced life—with all the bravery and grace of a woman who had long inspired the nation.

Chronicling the circumstances of Jackie’s diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the astonishing pace of the cancer’s progress, the treatments she endured, and the ones she refused, Klein recounts her heart-wrenching story, celebrating Jackie’s life. Farewell, Jackie is a regal tribute and an inspiring account of the last days of a woman whose legacy endures in post- Camelot America.

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Edward Klein is the author of numerous books, including The New York Times bestseller The Kennedy Curse. He covered John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign and was foreign editor of Newsweek and editor in chief of The New York Times Magazine.

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With so many books out there about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, one has to wonder what fresh insights might be found in this latest portrait. Klein's angle is to offer "a missing piece of Jackie's remarkable story"-her battle with cancer-on the 10th anniversary of her death. While he's billed as a personal friend of Jackie's (although admittedly not a close one), it's hard to see how his relationship with her lends nuance or depth to his writing. Klein has written a slew of books about the Kennedys (most recently the bestselling The Kennedy Curse), and this slim tome feels padded. While readers do get details about her last days, they often come from questionable sources, like her manicurist, who observes, "She liked to keep her nails and toenails natural and clean looking" and "I heard she was sick.... But I didn't know so many details." One also has to wonder why a former friend would need to resort to sources like this. Scenes of Jackie's last moments and actual death are moving by their nature. But the portrait we get-that she was strong, that she loved her family, that she died on her own terms-is nothing new. In fact, Klein stresses throughout Jackie's need for privacy, so his offering of such intimate physical detail-whatever the source-while not explicitly exploitative in tone, does come off as unseemly. What would Jackie think? B&w photos.
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