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: 1963, Mexico, Maine. The Wood family is much like its close, Catholic, immigrant neighbors, all dependent on a fatherÃ¢ÂÂs wages from the Oxford Paper Company. Until the sudden death of Dad, when Mum and the four closely connected Wood girls are set adrift. Funny and to-the-bone moving, When We Were the Kennedys
is the story of how this family saves itself, at first by depending on Father Bob, MumÃ¢ÂÂs youngest brother, a charismatic Catholic priest who feels his new responsibilities deeply. And then, as the nation is shocked by the loss of its handsome Catholic president, the televised grace of Jackie KennedyÃ¢ÂÂshe too a Catholic widow with young childrenÃ¢ÂÂgalvanizes Mum to set off on an unprecedented family road trip to Washington, D.C., to do some rescuing of her own. An indelible story of how family and nation, each shocked by the unimaginable, exchange one identity for another.
ÃÂ ÃÂ ÃÂ Ã¢ÂÂMonica Wood has written a gorgeous, gripping memoir. I donÃ¢ÂÂt know that IÃ¢ÂÂve ever pulled so hard for a family.Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂMichael Paterniti, author of Driving Mr. Albert