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1963, Mexico, Maine. The Wood family is much like its close, Catholic, immigrant neighbors, all dependent on a father's 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, Mum's 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 Kennedy - she too a Catholic widow with young children - galvanizes 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.
©2012 Monica Wood (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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"The immediacy of Wood's storytelling is reflected in her open and candid narration.... Her narration is warm with these remembrances, and she occasionally slips into an appropriately Maine accent when quoting family members." (AudioFile)
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By Judy on 05-29-17

Mexico, Maine

My mom lived all but a few years of her life in Mexico. And, I as a Mexico girl for the great part of my life, I was delighted to hear familiar sir names, the Oxford (and all its aliases), street named that I could to this day geographly pinpoint. Stores that have disappeared and those that still hang in there, and my favorite swimming spot...Roxbury Pond. All intertwined in a relatable, endearing story that makes you sad to finish...even if you're "from away".

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By Nancy N Barcelo on 07-03-15

Cried and laughed.

Beautiful, beautiful book!!! Monica reads her own memoir in a way that evokes empathy in her listeners.

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