White Houses

White Houses

A Novel

Book - 2018
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Lorena Hickok meets Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932 while reporting on Franklin Roosevelt's first presidential campaign. Having grown up worse than poor in South Dakota and reinvented herself as the most prominent woman reporter in America, "Hick, " as she's known to her friends and admirers, is not quite instantly charmed by the idealistic, patrician Eleanor. But then, as her connection with the future first lady deepens into intimacy, what begins as a powerful passion matures into a lasting love, and a life that Hick never expected to have. She moves into the White House, where her status as "first friend" is an open secret, as are FDR's own lovers. After she takes a job in the Roosevelt administration, promoting and protecting both Roosevelts, she comes to know Franklin not only as a great president but as a complicated rival and an irresistible friend, capable of changing lives even after his death. Through it all, even as Hick's bond with Eleanor is tested by forces both extraordinary and common, and as she grows as a woman and a writer, she never loses sight of the love of her life.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780812995664
Characteristics: 218 pages ; 25 cm

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ArapahoeMaryA Aug 22, 2018

Author Amy Bloom weaves a tender, sometimes tumultuous, tale from the rumored love affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and "first friend" Associated Press Reporter Lorena Hickok.

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Goodbooks04
Aug 04, 2018

Good read. Found it dragged in many parts. Not as good as the reviews said it would be.

ArapahoeAnnaL Jul 29, 2018

I loved this book! A richly imagined portrayal of two brilliant women, a passionate love affair, the FDR White-house, America in the 1930's and '40's.

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blustocking
Jul 24, 2018

a wise and accomplished work, sensual and sad

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Colleenita
Jul 13, 2018

Lively, enjoyable, very credible love story. Intriguing voice, with a well-developed sense of the time and personalities.

fineplan May 16, 2018

Hickok's blunt, but gossipy, way of speaking carries this tale of politics and love. It's a short, breezy historical fiction novel but has a lot to say about the relationships that are impossible to let go no matter how difficult things can be. Even if Roosevelt and Hickok's relationship is not confirmed in history, their love feels genuine here. There's also plenty of fun gossip about their contemporaries.

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laphampeak
Mar 13, 2018

I guess I was spoiled for having previously read "Loving Eleanor" that was based on the same relationship Eleanor Roosevelt had with "Hick". The book came out in 2016 and gave a delightful political background along with it. For readers who have not been exposed to the intimate realtionship between Eleanor and Hick it will be a lovely read. It was an enjoyable read albeit on the fluff side.

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Edisto
Mar 08, 2018

I surprised myself by finishing this book which was very slow and monotonous. The better part of the book was about Lorena's life before she met Eleanor. Other than this I wouldn't recommend this book.

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ArapahoeMaryA Aug 22, 2018

You are not just my port in the storm… You are the dark and sparkling sea and the salt drying tight on my skin, under a bright, bleaching sun…You are the little girls, carrying water in their red buckets, and you are the ruined sandcastles at sunset, gaudy with seaweed and gull feathers. You are the dawn, rolling back the dark until the beach glitters and the girls return with their buckets, holding hands.

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