When AP political reporter Lorena Hickok—Hick—is assigned to cover Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1932 campaign, the two women become deeply involved. Their relationship begins with mutual romantic passion, matures through stormy periods of enforced separation and competing interests, and warms into an enduring, encompassing friendship documented by 3300 letters.
Set during the chaotic years of the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the Second World War, Loving Eleanor reveals Eleanor Roosevelt as a complex, contradictory, and entirely human woman who is pulled in many directions by her obligations to her husband and family and her role as the nation’s First Lady. Hick is revealed as an accomplished journalist, who, at the pinnacle of her career, gives it all up for the woman she loves. Then, as Eleanor is transformed into Eleanor Everywhere, First Lady of the World, Hick must create her own independent, productive life. Loving Eleanor is a profoundly moving novel that illuminates a relationship we are seldom privileged to see, celebrating the depth and durability of women’s love. – For more information
I have always admired Eleanor Roosevelt for her dogged advocacy for women, so I was excited to read this book. I’d read a bit about her relationship with Lorena Hickok (Hick) and got the impression that there was far more there than my history books explained. Loving Eleanor is the story of Eleanor and Hick’s complicated and touching relationship. Susan Wittig Albert packs a tremendous amount of historical information in between the engaging dialogue that propels the reader into the hearts and minds of these two ambitious women.
If you are looking to get a deeper understanding of Eleanor Roosevelt and the forces that influenced her life, you might enjoy this book very much.
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