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

by Thomas Mallon

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780156027557
  • ISBN-10: 0156027550
  • Pages: 240
  • Publication Date: 11/10/2003
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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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    "In his fine historical novels, Mallon has often approached the past from a sideways angle and here he views the events in Dallas from Mrs. Paine's perspective, which gives them an unexpected freshness."-The New York Times Book Review

    "A fascinating, carefully researched account of what [Mallon] calls 'the collision of innocent intentions and unforseen enormities.'"-The Wall Street Journal