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Lucy: A President, a Marriage, a Love Affair Paperback – 17 Jan 2004

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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (17 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393325105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393325102
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,076,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ellen Feldman blends history and fiction so skillfully that it's almost impossible to know where one ends and the other begins."

Lucy Mercer Rutherford is a wonderful creation.

Ellen Feldman blends history and fiction so skillfully that it's almost impossible to know where one ends and the other begins. --Geoffrey Ward"

Lucy Mercer Rutherford is a wonderful creation. "

Novels about the personal lives of public figures are tricky indeed, but Ellen Feldman pulls it off in her touching and sensitive re-imagination of the emotional entanglements of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and Lucy Mercer Rutherford.--Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

About the Author

Ellen Feldman is the author of the novels Lucy and The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank. She writes for the American Heritage Web site and is a sought-after speaker. She lives in New York.

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After finishing No Ordinary Time by the great Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, I found Lucy a real disappointment. Not that I compared the 2 books because there is no comparison. I appreciate Lucy's love for FDR, I really do, and vice versa. However, I resented her referring to Eleanor in a criticizing manner, no matter how slight and sneaky the thoughts and comments were and I feel it was more a reflection of Lucy's jealous character than insulting Eleanor to make herself look the better, more suitable woman for FDR. The facts are she had an affair with Eleanor's husband and father of her 5 children. So somewhere I don't think Lucy had the right to mention anything negative about Eleanor at any time, any place, any where. Because that is all part of the affair....the betrayed spouse. And dealing with that. It is betrayal no matter how you slice it and it doesn't work. For a while it does, and then one day it doesn't. In saying that, Lucy did bring a dimension to FDR's life which were unfulfilled and I appreciate that. It ticked all the boxes for the traditional love affair...the kind in the movies we've all seen, and I wager some have experienced. I acknowledge Lucy's part that she played in the lives of FDR & ER, and it was an important one and part of the history which made that time "No ordinarily time" . I have tremendous respect for the Roosevelts and have done since a very young age, visiting their homes in Hyde Park as a little girl. The book is worth the read, as another view of a situation is valuable, and then reader may draw their own conclusions.
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