The Lost Diary of M

A Novel

by Paul Wolfe

On Sale: 02/25/2020

The Lost Diary of M

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The Lost Diary of M

A Novel

by Paul Wolfe

On Sale: 02/25/2020


About the Book

An engrossing debut novel that cannily reimagines the extraordinary life and mysterious death of bohemian Georgetown socialite Mary Pinchot Meyer— secret lover of JFK, ex-wife of a CIA chief, sexual adventurer, LSD explorer and early feminist living by her own rules.

She was a longtime lover of JFK.

She was the ex-wife of a CIA chief. 

She was the sister-in-law of the Washington Post’s Ben Bradlee.

She believed in mind expansion and took LSD with Timothy Leary. 

She was a painter, a socialite and a Bohemian in Georgetown during the Cold War.

And she ended up dead in an unsolved murder a year after JFK’s assassination.

The diary she kept was never found.

Until now. . . .

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Critical Praise

“Devilishly creative.” - Kitty Kelley author of Jackie Oh! and The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty

“Mary Pinchot Meyer, JFK’s lover, kept a secret diary that vanished after she was murdered in Georgetown in 1964.  In this intriguing novel, Paul Wolfe creatively conjures up the life story she might have written.”  - Meryl Gordon, bestselling author of Bunny Mellon, The Life of American Style Legend and Mrs. Astor Regrets

“In this novel that is part love story, part thriller and 100% page turner, Paul Wolfe takes you inside the sexual playgrounds of Cold War Washington, where spooks, secrets and LSD lurk behind every corner…” - Sally Koslow, author of Another Side of Paradise

"Wolfe gives poignant and poetic voice to... a free spirit and early feminist..What could be easily have been salacious fluff capitalizing on JFK’s sexual proclivities is, instead, a compassionate and intricate portrait of a woman’s psyche. By placing Meyer at the nexus of one of the twentieth century’s definitive eras, Wolfe’s inspired study of a cryptic woman is credible and haunting." - Booklist (starred review)

“The author deftly simulates a complicated woman's diary, creating a document that feels entirely authentic….. the author includes interesting political and historical details in the entries, shedding light on a woman with a front seat to American history.” - Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062910660
  • ISBN 10: 0062910663
  • Imprint: Harper
  • On Sale: 02/25/2020
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price:33.50 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Historical
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Biographical
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Literary

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