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by Ellen Feldman

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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

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Lucy 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
CCReaderCC More than 1 year ago
This book kept my interest from beginning to end. If you love historical novels, this one will not disappoint.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful historical love story. While I am sure that there are parts of the story which are not true, it appears to be factual to the Roosevelt stories, etc., that I have read in the past. Reading the book, I imagined it was all true - whether it was or not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this novel to be particularly haunting. The kind of story I'm sure I'll remember for a long, long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.