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Loving Eleanor | Susan Wittig Albert
historical novel published by Persevero Press
Loving Eleanor, a historical novel by Susan Wittig Albert, is based on the love affair and enduring friendship between Eleanor Roosevelt and the pioneering Associated Press reporter, Lorena Hickok. Susan Wittig Albert is a New York Times Bestselling author with more than fifty published works.
Written from Lorena Hickok’s perspective, Loving Eleanor begins with Lorena, or “Hick”, declining to attend Eleanor’s funeral and struggling over what to do with the many years of letters written to her from her intimate friend, Eleanor Roosevelt. Ultimately, she decides that the letters should be preserved and given to the the Franklin D Roosevelt Presidential Library.
Record of Devotion
More than thirty-five hundred letters were donated, with the stipulation that they be kept sealed until a decade after Lorena Hickok’s death. Archivists opened the eighteen boxes containing the letters in 1978. Twenty years later, in 1998, several hundred of them were transcribed and published with annotations. In Loving Eleanor, two touching quotes precede the prologue of the novel. Susan Wittig Albert also deftly includes brief, but illuminating written exchanges between the two women throughout the novel.
Time of Turbulence
Loving Eleanor, beautifully illustrates the changing relationship between two incredibly accomplished women during tumultuous times, from the beginning of the Great Depression through World War II. Susan Wittig Albert creates a compelling story that is set in fascinating historical context. Lorena Hickok is first drawn into the Roosevelts’ world as the only female Associated Press reporter in the late 1920’s. Covering the 1932 presidential election, Hickok ends up being assigned to learn more about Eleanor, the “reluctant” First Lady.
Adoration & Affection
The two women’s tenderness towards each other, tested by professional and societal pressure, endures through distance and over time. Loving Eleanor captures the evolution of their relationship from early romantic passion to a more nuanced, deep emotional connection. The author develops a clear, authentic voice for the narrator, masterfully based on the decades long correspondence. The reader identifies with “Hick”, struggling to keep her own identity while loving Eleanor, a woman becoming a public figure and force of nature. The book provides a captivating glimpse into lives bound by love, steeped in history.
Advice & Guidance
Susan Wittig Albert has written a significant story adeptly told. Her book sheds needed light onto Lorena Hickok’s incredible professional achievements and her influence on Eleanor, helping support Eleanor Roosevelt’s transformation into a political leader in her own right. Without Hick’s guidance, advice and devotion, who knows if Eleanor would have gained such influence and respect. Both women admirably fought against the confines of gender inequality to help inform and improve their world.
Story to Love
The first biography that followed the release of the letters diminished Hickok’s work and her love for Eleanor. In contrast, Susan Wittig Albert celebrates the reporter’s impressive career and honorably explores “Hick’s” impact on a global icon. Lorena Hickok’s story should be told and Loving Eleanor is an entertaining, rewarding read and is available on Amazon.