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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 out. Franklin promises he will never see Lucy again.

But Franklin and Lucy do meet again, and again they fall in love. As he prepares to run for an unprecedented third term and lead America into war, Franklin turns to Lucy for the warmth and unconditional approval Eleanor is unable to give.

Ellen Feldman brings a novelist's insight to bear on the connection of these three compelling characters. Franklin and Lucy did finally meet, across the divide of his illness and political ascendancy, her marriage and widowhood. They fell in love again. As he prepared to run for an unprecedented third term and lead America into war, Franklin turned to Lucy for the warmth and unconditional approval Eleanor was unable to give.

Drawing on recently discovered materials to re-create the voice of a woman who played a crucial but silent role in the Roosevelt presidency, Lucy is a remarkably sensitive exploration of the private lives behind a public marriage. Reading group guide included.

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Hardback Editions

January 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Lucy: A Novel
Author(s): Ellen Feldman
ISBN: 0-393-05153-6 / 978-0-393-05153-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Paperback Editions

December 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lucy
Author(s): Ellen Feldman
ISBN: 0-393-32510-5 / 978-0-393-32510-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Audio Editions

December 2004 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Lucy: A Novel
Author(s): Ellen Feldman
Publisher: Books on Tape
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December 2004 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Lucy: A Novel
Author(s): Ellen Feldman
Publisher: Books on Tape
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2003 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Lucy
Author(s): Ellen Feldman
ISBN: 0-7366-9080-8 / 978-0-7366-9080-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

January 2004 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Lucy: A President, a Marriage, a Love Affair
Author(s): Ellen Feldman
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA