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White Houses - Amy Bloom
White Houses
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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... show more
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 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.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780812995664 (081299566X)
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
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 Spooky's House Of Books
Spooky's House Of Books rated it
1.0 Book 111 Of My June TBR
3rd book off my June TBR which makes it book 111 on my Goodreads Challenge , sadly this book is a 1 star for me, been trying for 2 days to read it and find something about it I like but just couldn't , so its not for me, it might be for someone else .
Books + Glasses
Books + Glasses rated it
3.5 White Houses: The First Lady and "First Friend" Re-Imagined
I seriously took too long to finish this book... Anyway, here it is! Lorena “Hick” Hickok didn’t have it easy from the start. She was abused, separated from her sisters, lost her mother at a young age, and lived in poverty. Now, she has worked hard, and as a journalist, she was tasked to report on...
Books & Graphics by Sharlene
Books & Graphics by Sharlene rated it
4.0 White Houses
A very interesting novel about the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and her long time friend, Lorena Hickok. This is a story about a great friendship that becomes a great love of many years. I enjoyed the book.
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
3.0 Secrets of the FDR White House
White Houses, Amy Bloom, author; Tonya Cornelisse, narrator I thought the novel would be more about Eleanor than Lorena Hickok, however, it seemed to me that it turned into a book about alternate lifestyle love affairs more than anything else. Between Parker Fiske and Lorena Hickok, the characters a...
debbiekrenzer
debbiekrenzer rated it
Wow! I had no idea Eleanor swung that way. However, unfortunately while eye opening, it wasn't all that for me. The blurb likened this book to "The Paris Wife" and "The Swans of Fifth Avenue". Well, I read both of those books and loved them. This one? No way near. I was expecting a lot more. This wa...
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