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Posted December 5, 2005
I read this book casually, over the summer, and didn't realize how much I enjoyed it until I realized I am still thinking about it months later! It is a good mix of history, love story, and social narative.
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Posted April 25, 2003
An intriguing love story
I've been an avid reader of historical novels for the past forty years, and consider Ellen Feldman's Lucy one of the best. It is an informative, entertaining and richly detailed depiction of the love affair that Franklin D. Roosevelt had with Eleanor's social secretary Lucy Mercer. It is also a vivid and accurate account of that crucial period in world history between both world wars, and WWII itself. It takes courage and skill for an author to pen a book narrated by a historical figure, and Feldman does so with masterful restraint, thus creating a realistic and convincing portrait. Lucy comes across as a sensitive and caring woman willing to make any sacrifice for the man she loves, a man who returns her love, and realizes in the end that had Franklin left his wife for her the scandal would have ruined him, and history as we know it would be another story. FDR himself emerges as the giant he was, but susceptible to the passions that also made him human. And Eleanor bears it all with the type of stoical pride, dignity, and wit that made her the great woman she was. I once shook her hand, and still feel her warmth in my palm. It's an important story unknown to many. Overall, this is a wonderful novel by the underrated Ms. Feldman. One can only hope she continues to write such fine narratives.
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Posted April 28, 2004
Posted January 8, 2003
a little piece of lucy and franklin
I enjoyed reading "Lucy", very much. This was my first reading on any Roosevelt. As a novel reader I just wanted more. I have now order other related books mentioned on the back page. Thank you for your insight to this famous family.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.