New & Notable: ‘The Pink Suit’

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The Pink Suit

by Nicole Mary Kelby

Little, Brown and Company, $26

Audiobook: Hachette Audio and Blackstone Audio, $40; read by veteran narrator Gabrielle de Cuir.

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Jacqueline Kennedy wore the iconic Chanel-style pink suit on Nov. 22, 1963, when she joined President Kennedy on that fateful trip to Dallas. It was the hautest of couture at the time — the first lady’s favorite. It came from Chez Ninon, a New York City boutique.

That true story forms the backdrop for award-winning author Nicole Mary Kelby’s latest, The Pink Suit.

It’s about Kate, an actual Irish immigrant and seamstress at the boutique. She never met the first lady (known as “The Wife”) but is forever linked to her after creating that memorable outfit — and many others, albeit behind the scenes and always totally separated from Chez Ninon’s upper-crust clientele.

While the novel is filled with politics, history and lots of insider views of designer fashion, Kate remains grounded. Her life is filled with everyday struggles. She’s not a fan of what she believes is the wasteful lifestyle of the boutique’s clients, yet she’s considered a snob in her gossipy neighborhood because of her job. She’s having a love affair with the butcher.

It’s a look at an ordinary woman and how she played a small role in an extraordinary time.

— Celeste Williams

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