Lauren Leto

You’ll Be Okay by Edie Kerouac-Parker

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on February 22, 2010

You’ll Be Okay (My Life with Jack Kerouac) by Edie Kerouac-Parker is the autobiography by Jack’s first wife. I bought it, but it is available for free on Google books. Since it is a terrible book, I’d suggest you look at it here.

Why did I read a terrible book about Jack Kerouac? Because the author, Edie Kerouac-Parker (or “Frankie” as she refers to herself as), is from Grosse Pointe. And this summer, as a consummate Kerouac fan, I got pwned. Sitting at a dinner party, my friend brings up how her friend lives in the house that Kerouac once lived in and how Kerouac loved a local bar called Rustic Cabins. This is my reaction: “STFU KEROUAC DIDN’T LIVE IN GROSSE POINTE!!!!” There are no question marks there. I was astounded and outraged that someone would be saying Kerouac ever lived in Grosse Pointe. I figured I would have heard about it if he did.

Alas, Kerouac did live in Grosse Pointe. It was only for a little more than a month. And he had some indignant (and awesome) things to say about it.

He said there wasn’t enough ‘tragedy’ for him in Grosse Pointe. p. 243

He also loved Rustic Cabins.

The one place where Jack felt at home was at the Rustic Cabin [sic], a local bar on Kercheval. p.243

Why was Kerouac in GP? It was after Lucien Carr got him arrested as an accessory for the murder of David Kammerer and Kerouac was living with his new wife (they got married while he was still incarcerated, she couldn’t get the bail money unless they were married) and was trying to pay back her family.

Parker’s writing was like nails on a chalkboard but I was happy to finally figure out how and why Kerouac lived in Grosse Pointe.

Other gems?

Jack liked to make love in the morning. p. 225

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  1. Matt said, on February 22, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    You might want to try Joyce Johnson’s Minor Characters if you want a better Kerouac girlfriend biography. Johnson was dating Kerouac when On The Road came out, and her biography is actually worthwhile in itself, plus it includes a good deal of info about her life with Kerouac.

  2. Timothy Moran said, on February 23, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Sorry you missed the point of Edie’s, “You’ll Be Okay”. It was not written as literary masterpiece but rather an account of Kerouac as he was prior to fame and the story of how the Beats came to be.
    Sorry also that you advocate reading books on Google for free. I don’t imagine you go to work each day for free. Somehow, many people, as you, believe the work of writers, musicians etc. is not worthy of compensation. That is both sad and naive. I visit Detroit from time to time and would be happy to personally refund the $15.00 you invested.

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