White Houses

White Houses

A Novel

Book - 2018 | First edition
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Lorena Hickok meets Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932 while reporting on Franklin Roosevelt's first presidential campaign. She is not instantly charmed by the idealistic, patrician Eleanor. As their connection deepens into intimacy, what begins as a powerful passion matures into a lasting love, and a life that Hick never expected to have. 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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780812995664
Call Number: FICTION BLOOM 2018
Characteristics: x, 218 pages ; 25 cm


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This fictionalized account of the relationship/affair between first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and “first friend” Lorena Hickok.

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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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