by Amy Bloom
Hardcover, 240 pages
13 February 2018, Random House
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
This is a work historical fiction that focuses on the life of Lorena HIckock and the love of her life, Eleanor Roosevelt. Bloom takes on the task of bringing life to the letters written between the two women, and creating a narrative that illustrates the life that became theirs.
Lorena Hickok, or “Hick” as we begin to know her, has a huge and inspiring story all her own. She was an acclaimed journalist, and her friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt lead to important work with FDR’s New Deal to help the poverty stricken during the Great Depression. The book shines as the stories from Hick’s past are told. The book moves back and forth through time, and is told through Hick’s point of view.
The book loses me a bit with the erratic timeline. There were points that didn’t feel as though they were working to move the story forward or to give vital information and I would get bogged down looking for connections. I enjoyed that White Houses introduced me to a woman who had an active role in US history, even though many history books neglect to mention her.
(I received this book from #netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)