It’s August and what better way to kick off the month than with a new Book Of The Month? This month we have plumped for White Houses by Amy Bloom. If you haven’t read it yet we give you the lowdown on all you need to know.
Amy is an American writer, ex psychotherapist and current teacher of creative writing. TV, short stories, children’s books, you name it Amy has written it. The very glamorous White Houses (doesn’t the cover just make you want to drink martinis?) is her fourth novel and details the love affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok. The relationship was unrecognised until a recent biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, by Blanche Wiesen Cook, brought it to light. Described by the Sunday Times as a mix of The Crown and House of Cards, the book is a slim number at only 216 pages.
White Houses – The Blurb
“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.“
We will be sharing our Big Review of White Houses on 29th August. A series of Book Club questions will also be around for you to answer on 28th August. Don’t wait until then though, we would love to know your marks out of ten as soon as you have read it. So grab your copy and read along with us. In the meantime you can check out our July’s Book of the Month, A Gentleman in Moscow, here.