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9781984899750

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

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  • ISBN13:

    9781984899750

  • ISBN10:

    1984899759

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-02-11
  • Publisher: Vintage Books

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Summary

Nearly 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. For nine months in 1963, Mrs. Paine was so deeply involved in the Oswalds’ lives that she eventually became one of the Warren Commission’s most important witnesses.

Mrs. Paine’s Garage is the tragic story of a well-intentioned woman who found Oswald the job that put him six floors above Dealey Plaza—into which, on November 22, he fired a rifle he’d kept hidden inside Mrs. Paine’s house. But this is also a tale of survival and resiliency: the story of a devout, open-hearted woman who weathered a whirlwind of investigation, suspicion, and betrayal, and who refused to allow her enmeshment in the calamity of that November to crush her own life.

Thomas Mallon gives us a disturbing account of generosity and secrets, of suppressed memories and tragic might-have-beens, of coincidences more eerie than conspiracy theory. His book is unlike any other work that has been published on the murder of President Kennedy.

Author Biography

Thomas Mallon’s books include the novels Henry and Clara, Two Moons, Dewey Defeats Truman, and Aurora 7, as well as a collection of essays, In Fact. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The American Scholar, and GQ. He lives in Westport, Connecticut.

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