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.
“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
“It seems a minor miracle, what Amy Bloom has done in White Houses. In Lorena Hickok’s unforgettable voice, she brings an untold slice of history so dazzlingly and devastatingly to life, it took my breath away. Easily, the most intimate, crackling, and expansive rendering of Eleanor Roosevelt in print and, more than this, a dizzyingly beautiful tale of what it means to be human, and what it is to love.”—Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife
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