You’ll Be Okay by Edie Kerouac-Parker
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.
Jack liked to make love in the morning. p. 225