In 1917 Joseph Kennedy is on his way to his first million. He has big plans: to found a dynasty and ensure that his baby son, Joe Junior, will be the first Catholic president of the United States.
As nursemaid to all nine Kennedy children, Nora witnesses every moment, public and private: the disruption that World War II brings to the carefully plotted Kennedy plan, tragedy abroad, and the journey of two Kennedy daughters whose refusal to fit into the mould costs them dearly.
©2007 Laurie Graham; (P)2008 Soundings
"Deftly mingles comedy and sorrow, producing a serious pleasure of a novel that is both poignant and entertaining." (Sunday Times)
"With the plot already laid out for her, Graham brings her characters to life with sparky and funny dialogue." (Observer)
I absolutely loved this account of the Kennedy family as told by the fictional character of Nora, their nursemaid and later Kathleen Kennedy's lady's maid. An insight into what may have been the lives behind the legends. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the Kennedy family.
"The Magic of Nora Brennan"
I loved this audiobook! Having read several serious biographies of Kennedy family members I never felt as emotionally close to them as I did listening to this fictional, but still factually accurate audiobook. I shed tears several times listening to this wonderful story being read magnificently by Marie McCarthy.
The main character and the star of the story is undoubtedly Nora Brennan, the fictional nursemaid to the Kennedy children. Nora lets us see the Kennedys as real people, warts and all, and yet even when she is describing some of their less admirable traits she does it with love! Her account of the Kennedys rise to power is riveting but the back story of Nora and her life and loves is another wonderful pleasure.
This is the best audiobook I have purchased since 'The Help'. If you loved that audiobook you will love The Importance of Being Kennedy. Highly recommended. Plaudits to both the author Laurie Graham and the narrator Marie McCarthy!
"OK but not as good as Mr Starlight"
From the summary I thought I was going to get a servants eye view of the Kennedy family we all know from the sixties. But this is a narrative created by the nanny before and during the second world war. The list of families and privilege makes this another Downton Abbey. Once you overcome the disappointment that this is really about the war and not the Kennedy household the it really is a decent book. It is well read and although the pace is a little slow does have some interest. I compare it to Mr Starlight, becasue this was an excellent and well read book which puts The Importance of Bring Kennedy in the shade
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