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White Houses
A Novel
By (author): Amy Bloom
9780812995664 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Feb 13, 2018
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.4 x 9.6 x 0.8 in 240 pages Random House
An untraditional life and love story, this novel is inspired by the life of Lorena Hickok, and on her love affair and enduring friendship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Told from Lorena Hickok’s perspective, this novel is inspired by her life and by her relationship and long-term friendship with beloved Eleanor Roosevelt, the “First Lady of the World”. Hickok was the AP reporter who became “First Friend” and the love of Eleanor’s life. White Houses takes us behind the scenes in the Roosevelt White House, where Lorea lived, and follows Hickok’s life from childhood, and then in tandem with Eleanor’s, the ups and downs of being “First Friend,” through the death of FDR, and finally of Eleanor.

Story Locale: Washington, D.C. & New York, NY

BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Amy Bloom’s Away, was a New York Times bestseller and has sold 245,000 copies to date across formats. Lucky Us was a New York Times bestseller that has sold over 100,000 copies to date across formats. Her 2010 story collection Where the God of Love Hangs Out hit the extended New York Times list and was a Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times bestseller.

HISTORICAL FICTION: This is the first Bloom novel to be based on historical figures. For readers who love Bloom’s fiction and the exploration of an important moment in American history.

UNIVERSAL THEMES of love, friendship, family, and legacy will resonate with readers.

HISTORICAL FIGURES BROUGHT TO LIFE: This novel is set backstage at the White House, and at Hick’s little white house on Long Island. Readers will love getting to know spiky Lorena Hickok, and two of the most prominent figures in 20th century America—FDR and Eleanor—as Bloom brings them to life, in this fictionalization of real events and figures.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM: Bloom’s books are widely reviewed and praised. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and the O. Henry Prize Stories.

AMY BLOOM is the author of Lucky Us, Away, Where the God of Love Hangs Out, Come to Me (National Book Award finalist), A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You (National Book Critics Circle Award finalist); Love Invents Us; and Normal. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Short Stories, The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction, and many other anthologies. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, Granta, and Slate, among other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award.

Author Residence: New Haven, CT

Author Hometown: New York, NY

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“[Amy] Bloom deftly explores what might have been in this novel about the real romance between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok…. It’s a sensuous, captivating account of a forbidden affair between two women, one of them viewed by all the world as a saint.”People
“‘All fires go out,’ Hickok says, explaining her lingering feelings to Franklin. ‘It doesn’t mean that we don’t still want to sit by the fireplace, I guess.’ In White Houses, Bloom has built up exactly the sort of blaze that will draw readers to linger.”Time
“Vivid and tender…Bloom—interweaving fact and fancy—lavishes attention on [Lorena Hickok], bringing Hick, the novel’s narrator and true subject, to radiant life.”O: The Oprah Magazine
“[An] irresistibly audacious re-creation of the love affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena ‘Hick’ Hickok…Bloom convincingly weaves tender romance with hard-boiled reality…. Bloom notes that the White House staff routinely cropped Hickok out of photos. In White Houses, she’s in the center of the frame, and nobody who reads this sad, funny, frisky novel is going to forget her.”USA Today
“Radiant…an indelible love story, one propelled not by unlined youth and beauty but by the kind of soul-mate connection even distance, age, and impossible circumstances couldn’t dim…Bloom’s goal is less to relitigate history than to portray the blandly sexless figurehead of First Lady as something the job rarely allows those women to be—a loving, breathing human being. And she does it brilliantly.”Entertainment Weekly
“Steeped with open secrets, intimate tension, and historical truths, [White Houses] expertly portrays the kaleidoscopic forms womanhood can take.”New York
“Profoundly affecting…Bloom’s Hick is frank, funny, and irreverent…. White Houses, by seeing the Roosevelt era through the most unlikely of outsiders-turned-insider, brings a hidden chapter of East Wing history to life.”The Boston Globe

“A remarkably intimate and yet informative novel of the secret, scandalous love of Eleanor Roosevelt and her longtime friend and companion Lorena Hickok, who relates the tale in her own, quite wonderful voice.”—Joyce Carol Oates
“Amy Bloom illuminates one of the most intriguing relationships in history. Lorena Hickok is a woman who found love with another lost soul, Eleanor Roosevelt. And love is what this book is all about: It suffuses every page, so that by the time you reach the end, you are simply stunned by the beauty of the world these two carved out for themselves.”—Melanie Benjamin, author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue

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