American Adulterer

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Random House, 2010 - Adultery - 368 pages
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In his study of John F. Kennedy's womanizing, Mercurio never demonizes his subject, instead offering a sympathetic portrait of a virtuous man in the grip of an uncontrollable vice.
From its opening line, explores the life of a habitual womanizer in hypnotically clinical prose. The subject regards his high libido as normal, yet this particular philanderer must go to extraordinary lengths to conceal his affairs from his wife and his political rivals -- and with good reason, since he is the President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Here are Kennedy's affairs with Marilyn Monroe, mob moll Judith Campbell, libertine Mary Meyer, and his flings with numerous White House staff. Each affair propels Kennedy into increasingly murky waters. He fears losing his wife and children to whom he's devoted, and the office to which he's dedicated.

Through its study of an important figure, American Adulterer poses controversial questions about society's evolving fixation on the private lives of public officials.

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Mercurio, author of the well-received novels Ascent and Bodies, returns with a novel centered on John F. Kennedy's severe medical problems and apparently equally relentless sex addiction. The story ... Read full review

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Jed Mercurio's first novel, Bodies, was chosen as one of the five best debuts of 2002 by the Guardian. His adaptation won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Drama Series of 2005. His second novel, Ascent, was published in 2007.

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