You'll Be Okay: My Life with Jack Kerouac

You'll Be Okay: My Life with Jack Kerouac Review

“You have a unique viewpoint from which to write about Jack as no one else has or could write. I feel very deeply that this book must be written. And no one else, I repeat, can write it.”—William S. Burroughs

Edie Parker was eighteen years old when she met Jack Kerouac at Columbia University in 1940. A young socialite from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, she had come to New York to study art, and quickly found herself swept up in the excitement and new freedoms that the big city offered a sheltered young woman of that time.

Jack Kerouac was also eighteen, attending Columbia on a football scholarship, impressing his friends with his intelligence and knowledge of literature. Introduced by a mutual friend, Jack and Edie fell in love and quickly moved in together, sharing an apartment with Joan Adams (who would later marry William S. Burroughs). This is the story of their life together in New York, where they began lifetime friendships with Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and others. Edie’s memoir provides the only female voice from that nascent period, when the leading members of the Beat Generation were first meeting and becoming friends.

In the end, Jack and Edie went their separate ways, keeping in touch only on rare occasions through letters and late-night phone calls. In his last letter to Edie, written a month before his death, Kerouac ended it with the encouraging phrase: “You’ll be okay.” It was from that note that the title of this book was taken.

Title:You'll Be Okay: My Life with Jack Kerouac
Edition Language:English

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    You'll Be Okay: My Life with Jack Kerouac Reviews

  • KOMET

    You'll Be Okay: My Life with Jack Kerouac is, for anyone with an interest in Jack Kerouac and the leading members of the Beat Generation group of writers and artists, a fascinating story of how they l...

  • Francesca Russell

    The writing is rather clunky and amateurish, but Edie has the really unique perspective of being married to Jack Kerouac before he gained notoriety as a writer. Their romance in WWII era New York City...

  • Gen

    i stumbled upon this while looking to replace my copy of On the Road. always interesting to read another person's perspective and experiences, especially from a woman's voice. could've used something ...

  • Lisa Zacks

    Loved this book! It provided an interesting perspective of the early years with Jack Kerouac. Yes, Edie Kerouac-Parker was not a great writer and was perhaps a bit "on the spectrum" and provided a lot...

  • Reid

    A must read for a fan, however sad. Another voice, another perspective, mostly focusing on their short dead-end relationship before On the Road. After a very short marriage, they separated and divorce...

  • Josh

    Interesting. Easy-to-read. If you're a Kerouac fan you should read this....

  • Lisa

    This has all the makings of a great book. The story of Kerouac, Burroughs, Ginsberg et al. during their early days at Columbia; the backdrop of World War II; a socialite from Gross Pointe who was ther...

  • Amy

    Edie Kerouac-Parker was married to Jack Kerouac from 1944-1946. Her memoir focuses on their time together in New York during World War II when he was a longshoreman and she worked as a riveter. They w...

  • Patti

    I could have done a little less with what Edie wore while she was at Columbia and welcomed a little more of what she thought.All in all, this was an original take on that period in time. I really do t...

  • Cassidy

    When On the Road was published in 1957, America was exposed to prolific beauty within the riveting tale. This tale of life, throughout its triumphs and tragedies, left the nation both inspired and bew...