Mrs. Paine's Garage: And the Murder of John F. Kennedy

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Harcourt, Nov 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 217 pages
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Exactly forty years have passed since Ruth Hyde Paine, a Quaker housewife in suburban Dallas, offered shelter and assistance to a young man named Lee Harvey Oswald and his Russian wife, Marina. Mrs. Paine's Garage is the tragic story of this well-intentioned woman who found Oswald the job that put him six floors above Dealey Plaza-into which, on November 22, 1963, he fired a rifle he'd kept hidden inside Mrs. Paine's house. But this is also a tale of survival and resilience: the story of a devout, open-hearted woman who weathered a whirlwind of suspicion and betrayal, and who refused to allow her connection to the calamity of that November to destroy her life. From these stories Thomas Mallon has fashioned an account of generosity and secrets, tragic might-have-beens and eerie coincidences, that unfolds with a gripping inevitability.

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(#26 in the 2006 Book Challenge) If you've ever gone through a phase of Kennedy assassination obsession, you'll recall that Ruth Paine was the friend of Marina Oswald with whom she was living at the ... Read full review

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For all the paper tonnage inspired by the murder of John F. Kennedy, it has also produced a small shelf of timeless literary journalism. To Garry Wills and Ovid Demaris's profile Jack Ruby and Jean ... Read full review

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Thomas Mallon's books include the novels Henry and Clara , Two Moons , Dewey Defeats Truman , and Aurora 7 ; a collection of essays, In Fact ; and his book on the assassination of JFK, Mrs. Paine's Garage . His work has appeared in The New Yorker , The New York Times Magazine , The American Scholar , and GQ . He received the National Book Critics Circle award for reviewing in 1998. The recipient of a 2000 Guggenheim Fellowship, he lives in Westport, Connecticut.

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