'White Houses': When Eleanor Roosevelt loved 'Hick,' the lady reporter
Historical fiction about “forgotten women’s lives” has become a comfortably familiar, if not always scintillating, literary form.
Leave it to Amy Bloom to give the genre a swift kick in the knickers with White Houses (Random House, 240 pp., ★★★½ out of four), her irresistibly audacious re-creation of the love affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena “Hick” Hickok.
Wait, Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt had an affair with another woman? Thousands of letters, preserved at Hyde Park, attest to their passionate connection, and historians now are certain their relationship was... read more
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