”Wendy Leigh’s imagined correspondence between two fabled goddesses of the twentieth century, is utterly fascinating. The idea may seem preposterous, but I began to think I was reading the real thing” - Dominic Dunne.
“Leigh captures the writing voices of these two icons almost pitch-perfectly in nearly every sentence…Strong, warm and engaging” - Kirkus Reviews.
“An audacious example of epistolary eavesdropping…revealing, entertaining and compelling.” - John Madden, Director of Shakespeare in Love.
The Secret letters is a dazzling, mesmeric novel with an intriguing and original premise: What if Jacqueline Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe – the greatest icons of our time – had somehow met and then corresponded secretly?
A riveting page-turner set against the sparkling backdrop of Washington, Manhattan and Hollywood during the 1950s and 1960s, The Secret Letters depicts Marilyn and Jackie in a new and compelling light. As the story unfolds, we meet the two legends, the wife and the mistress, first as friends, then as enemies, both spellbound by the same man –Jack Kennedy.
Author Wendy Leigh has created a daring concept and delivers it in glorious detail Each letter is replete with factual research on both women, the dramatic and turbulent era in which they lived and love, and the star-crossed people in their lives.
A brilliant tour de force of imagination and empathy, The Secret Letters is an enchanting page turner.
New York Times best selling author, Wendy Leigh has published fourteen books, including the controversial and groundbreaking Life with My Sister Madonna (with Christopher Ciccone); Prince Charming: The JFK Jr. Story; True Grace: The Life and Times of a Transatlantic Princess; One Last Dance: The Biography of Patrick Swayze; Arnold: The Unauthorized Biography; Liza: Born a Star; Edward Windsor, Royal Enigma; One Lifetime is Enough (with Zsa Zsa Gabor); and Jeannie Out of the Bottle (with Barbara Eden), Wendy’s third New York Times Best Seller
Wendy, who has been married twice (once to a professional gambler) divides her time between America and England, where she lives in a penthouse overlooking the River Thames. She also appears regularly on British and American television, talking about her books and commentating on Hollywood and the British Royal family, and lectures on “Secrets of a Ghost Writer," and “Adventures of a Hollywood Biographer.”
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Published January 2, 2014
by Thomas Dunne Books.
Literature & Fiction, History, Romance.