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White Houses by Amy Bloom – SAGE Book Group

April 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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.

About Author Amy Bloom
Bloom, in her mid-60s, is married with three children and has always described herself as bisexual (her non-fiction book Normal looked at attitudes to sex and gender). She worked for 20 years as a psychotherapist and is now a teacher of creative writing at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She has been nominated for the US national book award and the national book critics’ circle award and feted by fellow American and literary heavyweight Harold Bloom who claims her as an honorary cousin (they are not related)



April 13
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Stonewall Library & Archives
1300 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 United States
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