SET IN ROOSEVELT'S WHITE HOUSE, THIS IS A COMPELLING STORY OF POLITICS, PERSONALTIES AND LOVE THAT SPANS ONE OF THE MOST TURBULENT DECADES OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.
Robbed of her home and job by the Great Depression, the future looks bleak for Iris McIntosh - until a chance encounter with America's indefatigable First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. Propelled into the White House's brilliant inner circle, Iris finds herself at the centre of momentous change ... and her heart torn between two men. But her loyalty lies with a third: the complicated and charismatic President Roosevelt, who will ultimately force her to question everything she believes in. A compelling story of politics and power, love and loss, set in one of the most exciting and cataclysmic periods of history.
Read Caroline Baum's Review
This is a great idea for a novel, set inside the White House during the nineteen thirties presidency of FDR and focussing on his unconventional activist wife Eleanor. The story is told through the eyes of Iris, an unworldly young woman who becomes an intern and assistant in Eleanor’s inner circle, learning about her same-sex relationships and the frustrations she feels about her husband’s decisions as war looms. Entering the exclusive entourage of the West Wing, she falls in love with a skirt chasing sophisticate who initiates her into his taste for unconventional sex. She also learns more about the complexities of policy making and the relationship between power and the media.
About the Author
Jenny Bond has worked as a teacher, journalist, copywriter and researcher. Her non-fiction titles have been published in Australia and the USA. It was writing one about the stories behind great novels that led Jenny to write her own first novel, Perfect North (Hachette, 2013). Her second novel, The President's Lunch, again incorporates real-life figures with fictional ones, a technique that allows her to imaginatively interpret historical events. While researching the novel, Jenny spent two months in Washington D.C. visiting the places where the Roosevelts lived and worked. She lives with her husband and children in Canberra, Australia's capital.
a lively and compelling narrative Adelaide Advertiser Impeccably researched ... a riveting tale of love and power Culture Street Captivating story ... deftly merging political drama, scandals and romance, this is a terrific read - 4 stars Who satisfying moments of bustling action and dialogue... There are some lovely moments... tender and complex Canberra Times The President's Lunch has struck a rich vein of fascinating material that blends fact with fiction. The Hoopla review President's Lunch Review MiNDFOOD Review The Australian Review Yours amusing Ballarat Courier Review Historical Novel Society
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 29th July 2014
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.3 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1