The guide, Touched by the Solar, is about to be revealed on Oct. 22, 2019, by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
In a information launch, the writer described the forthcoming guide as “an intimate, weak, and insightful portrait of the bond that grew between two iconic and starkly totally different American ladies.”
“After I first met Jackie, I didn’t think about we had that a lot in frequent a lot much less count on her to turn out to be my guide editor, confidant, protecting mom determine, and mischievous pal,” Simon stated in an announcement. “She arrived once I least anticipated to make a brand new buddy and she or he stayed up till the time of her loss of life.”
Whereas Simon’s friendship with Onassis, who labored as a New York Metropolis guide editor for the final twenty years of her life, has not been a secret, Simon has by no means mentioned it intimately.
Onassis was Simon’s editor when Simon, an icon of ’70s rock ‘n’ roll, started publishing kids’s books within the ’80s and ’90s. Her first memoir, Boys within the Bushes, was revealed in 2015.
She and Onassis had “an opportunity encounter at a summer season celebration on Martha’s Winery [which] blossomed into an inconceivable however lasting friendship,” in keeping with the information launch saying Simon’s new guide.
A 1995 Vainness Honest article described Simon as one among Onassis’ “kindred spirits.”
“She cherished them as a result of they had been free spirits, unguarded and spontaneous — what she couldn’t be,” a supply advised the journal on the time. The 2 had been shut till the top of Onassis’ life. Days earlier than she died in 1994, Simon organized a lunch for her with documentarian Ken Burns, in keeping with City & Nation.
Simon was one of many many luminaries who attended Onassis’ funeral in N.Y.C.
“I’ve missed her deeply and am reminded of her each day,” Simon stated in her assertion on Monday. “In the previous few years, I discovered myself doing what I’ve carried out with all the opposite issues in my life that had been too massive to have a look at straight and too vital to know totally as they had been taking place: I put it down on paper. I discovered that writing about our time collectively was the one solution to start to know what she meant to me.”
She continued: “Publicly, Jackie was vital to all of us, however privately, out of the general public eye, I cherished her. I needed to share my expertise of her.”