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

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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 Com-
mission’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.

About Thomas Mallon

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Thomas Mallon is the author of eight novels, including Henry and Clara, Fellow Travelers, and Watergate. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review and other publications.

Author Residence: Washington, D.C.
Published May 7, 2002 by Knopf Group E-Books. 211 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Readers not alienated by this stance will appreciate the sympathetic portrait of Ruth Paine;

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Offbeat study of Ruth Paine, an ordinary woman who wished to reach out to a Russian immigrant and learn her language—and wound up sheltering Marina and Lee Harvey Oswald.

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Publishers Weekly

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Mallon follows the strange trajectory of Paine's well-intentioned life, from her first meeting with the Oswalds to her voluminous testimony before the Warren Commission to her pursuit of an estranged Marina following the events.

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Within a few months, Marina had moved into the Paine home in suburban Irving, Texas, while Lee scrambled to New Orleans and beyond, in search of work.

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Book Reporter

It's an easily digested addition to a literary genre: What course history might have taken if Ruth Paine had taken up Chinese instead of Russian --- and subsequently never found Oswald a job whose window held an impeccable view of Dealey Plaza --- is but one of the book's tantalizing questions.

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