Love, Morgenthau, and Me
In this beautifully rendered literary memoir, Lucinda Franks, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, tells the intimate story of her marriage to Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, one of the great men of our time.
"Words by the millions have been printed about you, but none have revealed your real life, your secret life--which is that you belong to me."
After Lucinda interviewed Bob for The New York Times in 1973, the two took a while to understand that they had fallen in love. Franks was a self-styled radical who marched with protesters and chained herself to fences. Morgenthau was a famous lawyer, a symbol of the establishment, who could have helped put her in jail. She was twenty-six. He was fifty-three. Now, thirty-six years into a marriage that was never supposed to happen, one between two people as deeply in love as they are different, they are living proof that opposites can forge an unbreakable life bond.
In Timeless, Franks offers a confidential tour of their unconventional years together, years that are both hilarious and interlaced with suspense. At the same time, she takes us behind the scenes to reveal the untold stories behind some of Morgenthau's most famous cases, many of which she helped him brainstorm for.
A compelling memoir with piercing insights into how a relationship grows and develops over a lifetime, Timeless grants us an enlightening window into one of New York's most famous yet defiant and iconoclastic couples, and the trials and successes of their union.
In this wondrously moving work, journalist Franks (My Father's Secret War) explores her improbable love affair and 36-year marriage with longtime Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. Bursting out of her repressed childhood in Wellesley, Mass., and radicalized by the Vietnam War, Franks became one of the few female journalists at United Press International, co-winning a Pulitzer Prize at age 24 for her sympathetic coverage of the Weathermen's Diana Oughton. Morgenthau, a widower more than 30 years her senior with five children from his previous marriage, represented the generation of her parents: he was a WWII veteran, the son of F.D.R.'s treasury secretary, and a powerful attorney in New York City, first elected as district attorney in 1974. Yet the chasm of differences that separated the two actually fueled their partnership. Morgenthau got Franks hired as a reporter for the New York Times, thus allowing him to suggest sources and leak stories to the press through her, and, once married, the two often thought through his cases together (such as role-playing the Bernard Goetz positions). Franks writes passionately of this "love of two eccentrics" she brandishing spontaneity and craving self-assurance, he rather self-contained and diffident in her rather miraculous story of a transcendent love that is imperiled only by the specter of mortality.