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I am head-over-heels in love with Lorena Hickok and her tale. The character and detail Lorena gives the story adds verisimilitude to the novel; I had to constantly remind myself that I was reading a work of fiction. While her childhood story was often graphic and sad, Lorena is a strong character that pushes through life, ultimately, the good and the bad, lead her to the White House. The story doesn’t stop there.
She is a well written, highly developed, and perfectly seasoned character that had me always wanting to see more through her eyes. I’d read this novel again and again because she is that enjoyable, her tale is that entertaining.
If this novel hadn’t been an ARC, I’d have a million quotes because Lorena has as many interesting things to say. This is a must-read. I have no doubt White Houses will be one of my favorite books of 2018.
I have the hardcover preordered and I will certainly be checking out more of Amy Bloom.
Grab your copy!
BOOK • DETAILS
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.
From Washington, D.C. to Hyde Park, from a little white house on Long Island to an apartment on Manhattan’s Washington Square, Amy Bloom’s new novel moves elegantly through fascinating places and times, written in compelling prose and with emotional depth, wit, and acuity.