You'll Be Okay: My Life with Jack Kerouac

Edie Kerouac-Parker


You'll Be Okay: My Life with Jack Kerouac

You'll Be Okay: My Life with Jack Kerouac

  • Title: You'll Be Okay: My Life with Jack Kerouac
  • Author: Edie Kerouac-Parker
  • ISBN: 9780872864641
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Paperback



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 BurroughsEdie 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 t 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 BurroughsEdie 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.


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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 lived in wartime New York City during the early 1940s. Edie herself was married to Kerouac between 1944 and 1948.I confess to knowing little about Jack Kerouac and not having read any of his books. But a couple of years ago, I went to see the movie 'Kill Your Darlings' which was centered on the colle [...]

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 while Kerouac was a student at Columbia evokes a lovely nostalgia and although its obvious that Edie perhaps remembers things with "rose-colored glasses", I still found myself caught up in their romance. It was also interesting to hear about Jack's life pre-"On the Road" and to see where some of hi [...]

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 more though, but not a bad read

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 divorced, and both mostly lived with their mothers until death. We get an insider's view of his parents and sister, a few rare photos, her perspective of the Kammerer murder, and Jack's week behind bars instead of in them. We also meet the real Remi Boncoeur - Henri Cru, as he dated Edie before introducing [...]

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

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 there at the beginning; and even a homosexual love triangle of sorts, resulting in a scandalous murder. Really engrossing stuff.Unfortunately, the creation of this book was mainly in the hands of said socialite, and she is not a writer. The writing is pedestrian and contains a lot of pointless detail ab [...]

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 were actually married in prison when Jack was being held for his involvement in the Lucien Carr case.(Whose son, Caleb Carr wrote The Alienist) They were married so that Edie could get an advance on her inheritance to get Jack out, how romantic. They were only together a short time after being marrie [...]

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 think she tricked Kerouac into marrying her. It was interesting to learn more about the Lucien situation.

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 bewildered. However, as with any tale, the story has many parts. You'll Be Okay is a heart-warming, eccentric tale of Edie Kerouac Parker's life with the legendary Jack Kerouac.

An okay account of the Columbia and Greenwich days before they were the published, famous, murderous, alcoholic, cosmic deadbeats I also fell in love with. Found myself wishing, as ever, that the womens weren't always cast as the salon, setting or muse but in her candid way Edie grew up to be a writer too.

I read "On The Road" back in college, but I don't remember ever reading about his wife. So, I thought this might shed some light on their relationship. It was good but not very entertaining.

Edie Kerouac-Parker tells the story of her brief marriage to jack. These were very intelligent, yet troubled people. Jack's writing is great, but his life was a tragedy. Where would literature be without alcoholism and self-destruction?

it was ok. nothing particularly new or interesting.

awesome, awesome, awesome

This is a great way to learn about a famous person. By what his former wife says about him.

The Memoirs of Jack's first wife. A really great look into pre On the Road Jack.

it's cool to hear what kerouac was like, and to hear the other side of all his stories. it's gives you a whole new perception of kerouac.

Good intimate look at sweet Jack from the early daysa good snapshot of NYC beat life during WWII.

The story was fascinating but the writing was rough. I felt it was a bit "romantic" at times as far as the recollection of the past.

Eddie's memoir about life with Jack Kerouac

DNF. I was so excited to read this, but the writing was so terrible I could not get into it at all.


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