Written with emotional depth, wit and acuity – White Houses by Amy Bloom – is a fictional recreation of the likely romance between first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok based on research that included the 1980 release of nearly 3,000 letters between the 2 women. “I never envied a wife or a husband, until I met Eleanor. Then, I would have traded everything I ever had, every limo ride, every skinny dip, every byline and carefree stroll, for what Franklin had, polio and all.” Lorena Hickok met Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932 while reporting on Franklin Roosevelt’s first presidential campaign. Having grown up worse than poor in South Dakota and having reinvented herself as the most prominent woman reporter in America, “Hick,” as she was known to her friends and admirers, was not quite instantly charmed by the idealistic, patrician Eleanor. Strong sympathies soon emerged, however, and over time matured into a lasting love and a life that Hick never expected to have. By seeing the Roosevelt era through the most unlikely of outsiders-turned-insider, a hidden chapter of East Wing history is brought to life. Please consider joining the SAGE Book Group in discussion on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Stonewall Library, 1300 E. Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale from 11 AM to 12 noon. All are welcome – no reservation is required.