Branford author pens book describing love affair between Eleanor Roosevelt, female journalist

(WTNH)–She’s a New York Times best-selling author, and Amy Bloom of Branford has another book hot off the press called “White Houses.”

It’s a historical novel concerning the lesbian love affair between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and her friend and companion, journalist Lorena Hickok. She poured through thousands of letters between the two women to write the book.

This was an open secret in the White House in the 1930’s, and was going on at the same time that President Roosevelt was having his own extramarital affairs.

“What was so compelling for me was first of all this love story that had been torn out of history, I mean literally torn out because in the White House press clipping room, they used to just cut out Lerena’s photograph,” Bloom said.

“She is at every family dinner, every holiday dinner, and she is always standing right next to Eleanor, or with her hand on her shoulder. They would just snip her out of the photos, and I thought what must it be like to look at your own family photo album and see that you are not there?”

Esquire Magazine lists “White Houses” as one of its top books to read in 2018.

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