A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss
On Sale: January 24, 2012
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Hardcover (July 2012)
To everyone else, John F. Kennedy Jr. may have been American
royalty, but to RoseMarie Terenzio he was an entitled
nuisance—and she wasn’t afraid to let him know it. RoseMarie
was his personal assistant, his publicist, and one of his
closest confidantes during the last five years of his life.
In this, her first memoir, she bravely recounts her own
Fairy Tale Interrupted, describing the unlikely friendship
between a blue-collar girl from the Bronx and John F.
Funny, moving, and fresh, her memoir is a unique account by
the woman who was with him through dating, politics, the
paparazzi, and his marriage to Carolyn Bessette. Her street
smarts, paired with her loyalty, candor, and relentless work
ethic, made her the trusted insider to America’s most famous
After John and Carolyn’s tragic, untimely deaths on July 16,
1999, RoseMarie’s whole world came crashing down around her,
along with her hopes for the future. Only now does she feel
she can tell her story in a book that is at once a moving
tribute and a very real picture of her friend and employer.
Many books have sought to capture John F. Kennedy Jr.’s
life. None has been as intimate or as honest as Fairy Tale
Interrupted, a true portrait of the man behind the
icon—patient, protective, surprisingly goofy, occasionally
thoughtless and self-involved, yet capable of extraordinary
generosity and kindness. She reveals what John really had in
mind for his political future, how he handled media
attention, and the reality of life behind the scenes at
George magazine. She also shares how she dealt with the
ultra-secretive planning of John and Carolyn’s wedding on
Cumberland Island—and the heartbreak of their deaths.
Fairy Tale Interrupted is a deeply loving story and a
fascinating adventure, filled with warmth, humor, insight,
and five years’ worth of unforgettable memories.
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