Lucy

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 17, 2004 - Fiction - 304 pages
19 Reviews

An utterly absorbing novel about a famous political marriage and an epic infidelity.

On the eve of World War I, Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin Delano Roosevelt, fiercely ambitious and still untouched by polio, falls in love with his wife's social secretary, Lucy Mercer. Eleanor stumbles on their letters and divorce is discussed, but honor and ambition win out. Franklin promises he will never see Lucy again.

But Franklin and Lucy do meet again, and again they fall in love. As he prepares to run for an unprecedented third term and lead America into war, Franklin turns to Lucy for the warmth and unconditional approval Eleanor is unable to give.

Ellen Feldman brings a novelist's insight to bear on the connection of these three compelling characters. Franklin and Lucy did finally meet, across the divide of his illness and political ascendancy, her marriage and widowhood. They fell in love again. As he prepared to run for an unprecedented third term and lead America into war, Franklin turned to Lucy for the warmth and unconditional approval Eleanor was unable to give.

Drawing on recently discovered materials to re-create the voice of a woman who played a crucial but silent role in the Roosevelt presidency, Lucy is a remarkably sensitive exploration of the private lives behind a public marriage. Reading group guide included.
  

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User Review  - Irene - Goodreads

This is a fictional memoir of Lucy Mercer, mistress to FDR focusing exclusively on her relation with him. I have no way of evaluating the historical accuracy of the portrayal. I did not find the writing particularly engaging, however. The book left me rather distant. Read full review

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User Review  - Suanne Laqueur - Goodreads

This book inspired me to read No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt - The Home Front in World War II. Read full review

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Contents

One
11
Two
29
Three
36
Four
55
Five
60
Six
74
Seven
84
Eight
92
Fourteen
147
Fifteen
155
Sixteen
166
Seventeen
175
Eighteen
193
Nineteen
211
Twenty
226
Twentyone
234

Nine
103
Ten
109
Eleven
121
Twelve
127
Thirteen
138
Twentytwo
242
Twentythree
249
Twentyfour
255
Epilogue
286
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About the author (2004)

Ellen Feldman is the author of the novels Lucy and The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank. She writes for the American Heritage Web site and is a sought-after speaker. She lives in New York.

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