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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (434 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellen Feldman Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2004 ISBN:
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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. 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brianna | 2/17/2014

    " A story (based on historical facts which have come out through letters and eyewitness accounts) about FDR, his mistress, and Eleanor. While not the most compelling love story or recreation of history I've ever read, it was definitely a charming story that I had trouble putting down. Nothing feels tawdry, and you feel that you've learned a fair amount about the era and the lives of people who lived through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanine | 2/5/2014

    " I enjoyed this historical fiction. You feel like you're reading a diary of a woman who may have had an affair with FDR but you're actually learning about life in the U.S. during the 20's and 30's at the same time. Sneaky. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graceann | 1/25/2014

    " This story imagines the romance between Lucy Mercer and FDR, and how Eleanor found out about it. It packs quite a wallop for such a short book, and it stuck with me for quite some time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 12/28/2013

    " Easy read. Not mind-blowing but a pleasant piece of historical fiction. I don't know much about this author but she strikes me as inexperienced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 12/20/2013

    " Written as historical fiction, this story tells about the love triangle of Lucy Mercer, Franklin Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor. The author emphasizes the fiction, but it draws in some cases directly from dialogue in letters, official records, and in family recollections. Lucy Mercer has always been a footnote in the stories of the Roosevelts. Although this book actually did a good job of not trying to justify nor develop anymore of a back story than had been there in the past, there really isn't enough material to sustain nor justify the concept this love was something more than a momentary affair of the heart. It was a fun read and Lucy becomes more of a personality and less of a grainy figure in photographs. Of course as the narrator she does become an unreliable source; but after all it is a work of fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candace Worrell | 12/10/2013

    " Absolutely amazing that Feldman managed to make an illicit love affair with one of the most powerful men on earth boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Kasprzak | 12/9/2013

    " Enjoyable read....lots of history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 12/7/2013

    " The very best kind of historical fiction - teaches you something new and thought-provoking about an interesting time without hitting you over the head with the nitty-gritty history textbook details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/2/2013

    " Books like this fascinate me....when the author wonders what the backstory might be. It was poignant and fascinating. It reminded me that you never really know what is going on in the hearts and minds of those closest to you, and life is never as simple as it might seem to the outside observer....every life tells a story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosemary | 11/15/2013

    " About the woman who had an affair with FDR- "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brittany Flores | 11/7/2013

    " I was expecting a lot more from this book. I don't think the story was told very well. There were a lot of interesting things actually in the book but it didn't capture me like I wanted it to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 10/25/2013

    " Nice historical fiction...about Lucy Mercer, FDR's mistress. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 9/28/2013

    " Well-written and facinating inside look at the relationship between Lucy and FDR. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 9/20/2013

    " This was an imagining of the relationship between FDR and Lucy Mercer. It seemed pretty true to how you imagined the real people to be. It renewed my interest in reading Joseph Persico's nonfiction book on the same subject. It would be interesting to compare the two books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther Bradley-detally | 9/19/2013

    " Compelling fictive view of Lucy Mercer, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's secret lovel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TurtleneckGirl | 5/18/2013

    " She was Eleanor's secretary and FDR's mistress...an engaging piece of historical fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/22/2013

    " Excellent - one of the best books I have read in a long time. A real treat! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/23/2013

    " great perspective "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cam | 8/19/2012

    " Really liked this book. It takes an interesting piece of history and makes it into beautiful touching story. Fascinating to see how their relationship endures thru all the changes in their lives and how the president could still be discrete in that day and age. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 1/1/2012

    " Definitely a recommended read. You can't help but to endure the struggles of loving a man you can't have along with the main character. She makes you cheer for her to be the winner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 12/8/2011

    " Loved. This. Book. It seriously was hard for me to put it down! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Roxy | 11/1/2011

    " I only made it a quarter if the way through this book. I found her writing confusing and felt as if it was going no where. I gave up on it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donna | 9/25/2011

    " Just a cheap knock-off of a great story. This fictionalization was just an attempt at sensationalism--not well written at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edith | 8/10/2011

    " This was about the mistress of President Franklin Roosevelt... the woman who was with him when he died. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/10/2011

    " I've always been fascinated by FDR and Eleanor, and I really enjoyed this book. Written from Lucy's perspective and based on newly available evidence about the relationship, this novel kept me involved all the way through despite the familiarity of the basic story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 4/26/2011

    " Nice historical fiction...about Lucy Mercer, FDR's mistress. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosie | 1/27/2011

    " Really good historical fiction. Very interesting to find out about the loves in FDR's life, which this book makes clear, was not Eleanor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/8/2011

    " A beautiful love story based on the relationship between Lucy Mercer and FDR. I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 9/24/2010

    " Didn't know anything about FDR before reading this... really enjoyed learning more about him. Wish that the charactors had been developed a little more... but a good read none the less!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dodi | 8/10/2010

    " A fictional account of Lucy Mercer's affair with FDR. Gave me a different perspective on history. Didn't realize that the affair ended before he was president. She only came back into his life after she was married, and then it was just at the end of his life "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 1/21/2010

    " One of the best books I ever read. beautiful love story even though most find the idea of the affair wrong or distasteful. But taken as a love story.... I love Lucy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 1/11/2010

    " I read a very good non-fiction account of this story (I had no idea FDR was a hound dog!). This novelization was very convincing and added depth to the story for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dee | 11/30/2009

    " I really did not care for this book. It tried to make a case for F.D.R.'s serial infidelities and to me it just fell flat. I read it for a book group. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 10/7/2009

    " An interesting time in history, and an affair I didn't know anything about. I wasn't crazy about the narrator's constant use of foreshadowing, and I didn't feel the characters were that deeply developed. The end seemed very abrupt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 9/29/2009

    " Good author -- nice writing style. Story of Franklin's 'other women' told from the prospective of "Lucy". Insight into the man and the times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AM | 9/8/2009

    " such a different era... yet in some ways so little has changed as far as human behavior and relationships....
    fasinating insight into FDR's rise to greatness. "

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About the Author
Author Ellen Feldman

Ellen Feldman, a 2009 Guggenheim fellow, is the author of Scottsboro, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize; The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank; and Lucy, among others. She lives in New York City and East Hampton, New York, with her husband.

About the Narrator

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.