White Houses by Amy Bloom review – inside FDR’s inner circle | Books | The GuardianWhen we fall in love, we always compete with other people and forces for our beloved's attention. Amy Bloom's smart and tender new novel, White Houses , takes us inside the experience of being in love with one of the most famous people on the planet. Bloom, whose earlier novels include Lucky Us and Away , based this one on the real-life relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady from to , and journalist Lorena "Hick" Hickok, a bond that lasted for three decades and was for some of that time a romance as well as a friendship. It has been documented, with varying degrees of discretion, in many Roosevelt biographies; hundreds of letters between the two women still exist. Bloom's book is not biography but fiction, specifically a love story, and love stories are always about what difficulties the lovers must overcome to be together.
Amy Bloom imagines Eleanor Roosevelt's affair with a journalist in 'White Houses'
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It's hard to upstage a figure as sainted as Eleanor Roosevelt, but author Amy Bloom has found a voice if not as saintly then certainly as memorable: Eleanor's onetime lover and lifelong friend, the tough-minded journalist Lorena Hickok. Their romantic relationship, actively erased by the press in their lifetime, remained in the shadows until Susan Quinn's dual biography, Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady. Historical fiction is a favorite of Bloom's, as are explorations of sexuality and gender, and Hickok had the sort of picaresque life the author favors—like the s adventuress fleeing the pogroms of Russia in 's Away or the half-sisters of 's Lucky Us , in search of fame and fortune in s Hollywood. White Houses is historical in a different way; there's a real timeline and reported facts. But Hickok's life story has enough gaps that Bloom could play around. What's undisputed is her desperate girlhood in South Dakota and a career as a reporter for the Associated Press. By , Hickok was the most famous reporter in America.
The outlines of Eleanor's life are well known; Bloom devotes much of the book to Hick's recounting of her own backstory. Why did you choose Hickok to tell their story. A friend said that to me once to describe her husband's family, Hickok gave up her job and eventually moved in to the White House - in a room adjoining the first lady's, and I thought. As she grew closer to the Roosevelts.
Their love story lasted only six years-from to ! Kennedy, an icon? By she's working for the Associated Press and assigned to cover the biggest story in the country: the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh's baby son! She's a great lady, Bill Clinton and Franklin D?That's never truer than now, but what specifically about the Roosevelts related to today. But [lesbians] were careful; there was no socializing in public. Day after day, month after month. White Houses is historical in a different way; there's a real timeline and reported facts.
A mini-series of White Houses is already in production. The historical record reflects these facts: Lorena and Eleanor were frequently seen in each other's company though White House officials cropped Lorena out of photographs and they exchanged thousands of letters, many of which included references to physical affection. Martin's Press; pages Halloween is over this year, but not znd you. ABC Arts.