Becoming Madam Secretary

Becoming Madam Secretary

Genre: Historical Fiction
Tag: Recommended Books
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Year: 2024
ASIN: B0C7TF9839
ISBN: 9780593437056

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Dray returns with a captivating and richly dramatic novel about Frances Perkins, one of the greatest political figures of the twentieth century, and an unsung heroine whose legacy is woven into the fabric of every American life.

Raised on tales of her revolutionary ancestors, Frances Perkins arrives in New York City at the turn of the century, armed with her trusty parasol and an unyielding determination to make a difference.When she’s not working with children in the crowded tenements in Hell’s Kitchen, Frances throws herself into the social scene in Greenwich Village, befriending an eclectic group of politicians, artists, and activists, including the millionaire socialite Mary Harriman Rumsey, the flirtatious budding author Sinclair Lewis, and the brilliant but troubled reformer Paul Wilson, with whom she falls deeply in love.

But when Frances meets a young lawyer named Franklin Delano Roosevelt at a tea dance, sparks fly in all the wrong directions. She thinks he’s a rich, arrogant dilettante who gets by on a handsome face and a famous name. He thinks she’s a priggish bluestocking and insufferable do-gooder. Neither knows it yet, but over the next twenty years, they will form a historic partnership that will carry them both to the White House.

Frances is destined to rise in a political world dominated by men, facing down the Great Depression as FDR’s most trusted lieutenant—even as she struggles to balance the demands of a public career with marriage and motherhood. And when vicious political attacks mount and personal tragedies threaten to derail her ambitions, she must decide what she’s willing to do—and what she’s willing to sacrifice—to save a nation.

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"In this immersive, first-person narrative, Dray places us alongside Perkins as she works with President Franklin D. Roosevelt to pull the U.S. out of the Great Depression."
"Historical fiction fans won’t want to miss this."
thanks to Stephanie Dray’s exquisitely written new novel...more people will know the story of this incredibly intelligent and resilient fighter for America’s downtrodden.
"A pleasurable reading experience. The accomplishments of this remarkable woman, with her strength, determination, and drive, leave the reader with admiration and awe."
"A compelling novel."
"Highly recommended!"
– Booklist
"Dray is a specialist in historical fiction."
"Becoming Madam Secretary, powerfully told and rich with historical detail, is a nuanced portrait of a brilliant woman and her triumphs in the face of staggering challenges"
"A fictionalized portrayal of a phenomenal woman who has largely been lost to history."
– Library Journal
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