Nice novelized version of the affair between FDR and Lucy Mercer. Don't take if for fact, however.
Based on recently discovered materials and incorporating a never-before published footnote to the affair between FDR and Lucy Mercer, this book is a remarkably sensitive insight into the private lives behind a public marriage.
In this fictionalized portrayal of FDR's affair with Lucy Mercer, Lucy does not come across to me as a likable person. She is a disturbing blend of naivete and callousness, both selfish and arrogant in her conviction that she can give Roosevelt what Eleanor cannot.
An unknown small piece of history, very interesting reading.
Interesting and entertaining book. Gave me a different view of FDR and Eleanor.
While this book was interesting, I couldn't help but be really annoyed at the main character, Lucy. I could not feel sorry for her. She was fooling' around with another woman's husband. Didn't shed any tears for FDR, either. What is it with powerful men that makes them think they can hop into bed with whatever woman they fancy??? All in all, okay.
(From the back cover) On the Eve of World War I, Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin Delano Roosevelt, fiercely ambitious and still untouched by polio, fell in love with his wife's social secretary, Lucy Mercer. When Eleanor stumbled onto evidence of the affair, divorce was discussed, but honor and ambition won out. Franklin promised he would never see Lucy again.
Ellen Feldman's novel brings sympathy and insight to bear on the connection between these three compelling characters. When Franklinn and Lucy did meet again, it was across the divide of his illness and political ascendancy, her marriage and widowhood. As he prepared to run for an unprecedented third term and lead America into another World War, he turned to Lucy for the warmth and unconditional approval Eleanor was unable to give.
Based on recently discovered materials and incorporation a never-before published footnote to the affair, Lucy is a remarkably sensitive insight into the private lives behind a public marriage.