Amy Bloom, the bestselling author of Lucky Us and Away, chose an unexpected subject for her new novel – the forbidden love affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok – and forged it into a triumph of historical fiction. In doing so, she has illuminated one of the most intriguing relationships in political history with a story of emotional depth, wit and acuity. Author Charlotte Wood meets Amy to discuss what has been hailed by Joyce Carol Oates as a “remarkably intimate and yet informative novel”.

Curated by Charlotte Wood.

Amy Bloom (International)

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Amy Bloom is the author of White Houses, the fictionalised account of the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok. She is also the author of two New York Times bestsellers and three collections of short stories, a children’s book and a ground-breaking collection of essays. She's been a nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and numerous anthologies. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, O Magazine and Vogue, among many other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award for Fiction. Her work has been translated into fifteen languages. She lives in Connecticut and is Wesleyan University’s Shapiro-Silverberg Professor of Creative Writing.

Charlotte Wood (Australian)

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Charlotte Wood is the author of five novels and two books of non-fiction. The Natural Way of Things won the 2016 Stella Prize and Indie Book of the Year, and was joint winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction.