Jell-O and Jackie O

By T.D. Arkenberg

General fiction | Paperback, Hardback, eBook


Jet Set Dreams Greek Isles, Capri, the Riviera, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Andy Warhol, Twiggy; people and places that conjure up the chic world of the jet set. To Tad Aldenburg, a child who discovers Jackie Kennedy on the cover of LIFE magazine, beautiful people provide escape from a world of canned soup, bickering parents, and Jell-O. Tad’s fascination with Jackie begins just as his mother announces the return of her younger sister. His aunt’s free spirit and globetrotting lifestyle open old wounds while secrets promise to cut even deeper. When Tad greets his aunt, he can’t believe his eyes. She’s torn from the same magazine pages as Jackie. The uncanny likeness sparks his imagination. We first meet Tad as an adult approaching his thirty-ninth birthday. After years of running from love, he may have found romance with Mike, a handsome CPA. But a ten-year age difference and suspicions planted by his over-protective mother and petulant brother stir anxieties. Can he accept the love that Mike offers? Temptation and doubt threaten his happiness, testing lessons learned in childhood. Tad awakens to news that a plane piloted by John F. Kennedy Jr. is missing. Stung by the recent deaths of his father and aunt, the unfolding Kennedy tragedy catapults Tad back to his youth. Could that turbulent journey help him find a path forward? Capturing the glamour and calamity of an era that includes the rise of Jackie Onassis into an international icon, Jell-O and Jackie O was a 2013 semifinalist in the prestigious Faulkner-Wisdom literary competition.


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Jet Set Dreams Greek Isles, Capri, the Riviera, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Andy Warhol, Twiggy; people and places that conjure up the chic world of the jet set. To Tad Aldenburg, a child who discovers Jackie Kennedy on the cover of LIFE magazine, beautiful people provide escape from a world of canned soup, bickering parents, and Jell-O. Tad’s fascination with Jackie begins just as his mother announces the return of her younger sister. His aunt’s free spirit and globetrotting lifestyle open old wounds while secrets promise to cut even deeper. When Tad greets his aunt, he can’t believe his eyes. She’s torn from the same magazine pages as Jackie. The uncanny likeness sparks his imagination. We first meet Tad as an adult approaching his thirty-ninth birthday. After years of running from lo...


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T.D. Arkenberg, an accomplished airline executive, left the corporate world in 2008 to pursue his dream of becoming a published author. He has completed two novels. His first, Final Descent is the story of a dysfunctional airline and the three men who battle for the company’s soul. His second, JELL-O and Jackie O. tells of a boy growing up in the late 1960s who escapes family struggles with the aid of an active imagination and Jackie Onassis. A third novel, None Shall Sleep is set for late 2015 release. He's currently at work on a memoir, Two Towers, that focuses on his work at United Airlines during the tragic events of September 11 and the near simultaneous deaths of his parents. T.D. is an alumnus of Chicago’s two oldest writers groups, Off Campus Writers’ Workshop, and the Barrington Writers’ Workshop. He is now active in the Brussels Writers Circle. T.D. received a Master of Business Administration from The University of Chicago, with additional studies at The London Business School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University, majoring in English Literature & History. T.D., his spouse, and their Golden Retriever relocated to Brussels, Belgium in January 2014. Visit T.D.’s Blog at www.TDArkenberg.com to read about their adventures.


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T.D. Arkenberg, an accomplished airline executive, left the corporate world in 2008 to pursue his dream of becoming a published author. He has completed two novels. His first, Final Descent is the story of a dysfunctional airline and the three men who battle for the company’s soul. His second, JELL-O and Jackie O. tells of a boy growing up in the late 1960s who escapes family struggles with the ai...


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