Sunday, May 24, 2020
All Big Men Are Dreamers, by Mary Anna Evans
This book, subtitled "stories of White House noir," is alternative history and many of the tales are satiric. There's nothing wrong with that but this one is deadly serious.
It is a fact that Woodrow Wilson had stroke in 1919 and a lot of his executive duties during the last year of his presidency were secretly carried out by his second wife, Edith Bolling.
But in this story Wilson's romance with Edith is interrupted by the arrival of a charming lady named Clara. Clara has some definite plans in mind, and they will change history.
Some stories, as I have written before, depend largely on finding the right viewpoint. This one is told by Wilson's good friend and physician, who is also in love with Clara. When he has to choose between two people he loves things get way complicated. Very nice and very noir.