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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LUCYUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Historical about the love affair between FDR and Lucy Mercer, from Lucy's point of view.Lucy, whose prominent Catholic family has fallen into genteel poverty, takes a job in 1914 as Eleanor Roosevelt ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bobbieharv - LibraryThing
Interesting novel about Lucy Mercer Rutherford and FDR. Makes me want to read a biography of her, or of Eleanor, or at least a history of the whole relationship - fictionalized history is difficult. Very slightly overwritten, but quite well done despite all of the above. Read full review