From Library Journal
A "super read," claims the publicist, this first novel re-creates FDR's love affair with his wife's social secretary.
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Feldman humanizes two icons and sheds light on an enigmatic figure of history in this novel detailing the love affair between Franklin Roosevelt and his wife's secretary, Lucy Mercer Rutherford. Told from Rutherford's viewpoint, the story traces their affair from when she is initially hired as Eleanor's personal secretary in the days before World War I and ends on Rutherford's deathbed in 1948. The affair, which terminates when his advisors fear that his wished-for divorce could ruin his presidential aspirations, is renewed 20 years later during FDR's presidency, when he seeks Lucy's companionship to relieve the stresses of World War II. With Lucy, Rutherford has created a Whartonesque heroine: an intelligent and perceptive woman stymied by the social restrictions of her time. Eleanor serves as a peripheral character, emerging as a woman driven by her convictions and her need to right the unending wrongs of the world, while Roosevelt is a charismatic figure who is unsure of why any obstacle--social mores, political opponents, or polio--should impede his desires. Margaret FlanaganCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved