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White Houses by Amy Bloom

On Monday, Nov 19th at 10:00 the Book Club will meet at the home of Chris Middlebrook to discuss White Houses by Amy Bloom.


Lorena Hickok meets Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932 while reporting on Franklin Roosevelt's first presidential campaign. Having grown up worse than poor in So. Dakota and reinvented herself as the most prominent woman reporter in America, "Hicks," as she was known to her friends and admirers, is not quite instantly charmed y 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 life and a lasting love 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 Hicks'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.

Deercreek bookclub meets the first Monday of every month in the homes of participants, a light snack is served. If you are interested in more information, contact Mary Louise Selzer at or 904-613-6147.