The General’s Women by Susan Wittig Albert (Hardcover)
The General’s Women is a compelling novel about love, betrayal, and ambition, The General’s Women tells the story of two women—Kay Summersby and Mamie Eisenhower—in love with the same man: General Dwight D. Eisenhower.
When former fashion model Kay Summersby is assigned to drive General Eisenhower in war-time London, they quickly become involved—in spite of Ike’s marriage to Mamie and Kay’s engagement to an American colonel. Kay and Ike struggle to keep their commitments but are increasingly and irresistibly drawn to one another. Then Kay’s fiancé is killed and Ike, facing the most challenging battles of the war, makes her his closest aide, confidante, and lover. Back home in Washington, D.C., Mamie is fighting her own fierce battles: bitter jealousy, fragile health, and a phobic dread of gossip. Ike’s letters are only tepidly reassuring; Mamie knows he is involved with another woman and fears that her marriage is lost.
Praise for The General’s Women
“At every point Albert smoothly incorporates an obviously vast amount of research into a tale of raw emotional conflict that can make for some wonderfully uncomfortable reading.”
“Albert describes the time and the milieu attractively, and the close perspective on Eisenhower and particularly his wartime life is compelling.”
—Historical Novel Society