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. 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.
"Feldman humanizes two icons....With Lucy, [Feldman] has created a Whartonesque heroine: an intelligent and perceptive woman stymied by the social restrictions of her time." (Booklist)
"Lucy Mercer Rutherford is a wonderful creation." (New York Times Book Review)
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- Kensington Reviewer