A novel inspired by the lives of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok
In 1932 New York City, top AP reporter Lorena Hickok starts each day with an A-1 byline, and finishes it in an illegal bar, swigging bourbon and planning her next big scoop. But an assignment to cover FDR’s campaign—and write a feature on his wife Eleanor—turns Hick’s hard-won independent life on its ear. Soon her work, and the secret entanglement that puts her career and the White House at risk, will take her from New York to Washington to Scotts Run, West Virginia, where impoverished coal miners’ families wait in fear that the New Deal’s promised hope will pass them by. Together Eleanor and Hick try to use their gifts to save a town. But doing what is right does not come cheap, and Hick will pay in ways she never could have imagined.