Book review: “White Houses” by Amy Bloom

Ah, book club books. Currently, I co-facilitate a book club at my library with a member of my staff and I LOVE this group. It’s probably too big, but I don’t care. These ladies are wonderful, thoughtful, intelligent, and funny. And now I can’t wait to see what they think about this book.

WHITE HOUSES is a historical fiction novel that explores the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok during Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s years at President. This is told completely from Lorena (“Hick”)’s point of view, and has a bit of a stream of consciousness feel to it – though it is probably more accurate to say that it is told in a series of vignettes that do not adhere to a continuous timeline.

The writing is beautiful. I could not possibly say otherwise. I love a good love story, and it is a delight to see just how much love Hick has for Eleanor. But I felt like the way that it is told made it difficult for me to truly get attached to any character besides Lorena – and she’s not one for attachment (unless you are Eleanor). I will admit to pushing through this one for the sake of the book club, and I hate doing that.

On to the next!

  • White Houses
  • by Amy Bloom
  • Random House, 2018
  • 240 pages
  • Source: Library

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  1. I was ultimately disappointed with this too. I wanted more of Hick’s back story – what happened after she ran away from the circus? How did she become a journalist? etc The love story felt one-sided and I didn’t think much of how the Roosevelt’s treated the people in their inner circle.

    My book club members had similar reactions, I wonder what your’s will think?


    1. OMG the circus. Was that whole thing just so she could find another LGBTQ person while she was discovering her sexuality? In the circus?? Ugh. No one in the group liked the book, and only 2 were “so-so”. The love story was very one sided — Hick gave up everything for her. Anyone who loved a Roosevelt gave up everything while they went on…

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