White Houses

White Houses

A Novel

Large Print - 2018
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Told from Lorena Hickok's perspective, this novel is inspired by her life and by her relationship and long-term friendship with beloved Eleanor Roosevelt. A behind-the-scenes in the Roosevelt White House, where Lorea lived, and follows Hickok's life from childhood, and then in tandem with Eleanor's, the ups and downs of being "First Friend," through the death of FDR, and finally of Eleanor.
Publisher: New York, New York : Random House Large Print, ©2018.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780525589921
Characteristics: x, 302 pages ;,24 cm.


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For readers of The Paris Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue comes a love story inspired by “one of the most intriguing relationships in history”*—between Eleanor Roosevelt and “first friend” Lorena Hickok.

Lorena Hickok meets Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932 while reporting on Franklin Roosevelt’s fir... Read More »

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Aug 15, 2019

Fascinating fictional account of the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and her secretary “Hick”. I knew about FDR’s extramarital affairs, but I didn’t know about Eleanor Roosevelt’s complex relationship with Hick. After reading this, I wondered how a marriage like that would survive in today’s frenzied media environment. The Roosevelts made an unusual situation work for them. Eleanor’s independence, intelligence, and her interest in the common good shine in this novel.

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.

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.

Jul 24, 2018

a wise and accomplished work, sensual and sad

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.

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.

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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