Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me Lucinda Franks
"Engaging...brave, highly personal…a love story in a political context: the great events in New York’s life in the last 40 years, observed by a sharp reporter from a privileged perch."
—The New York Times Book Review
To say that Robert Morgenthau and Lucinda Franks are opposites feels like an understatement. She's a radical, self-styled hippie, and he is New York’s famous district attorney, a legal luminary of the establishment; she's a prizewinning New York Times journalist who has chained herself to fences, bloodied draft files, and otherwise broken the law for her beliefs, and he is a secret iconoclast who could have put her in jail.
Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me is the memoir of their triumph against the odds, their ongoing thirty-five-year marriage, a union between two people so deeply in love but so different — and with so many decades separating them — that their family and friends fought to keep them apart.
Franks offers a confidential tour of their marriage, as well as the never-revealed, behind-the-scenes details of Morgenthau’s famous cases. We see a red-faced Ronald Lauder storm into Morgenthau's office after the DA seizes a priceless Egon Schiele painting from the walls of the Museum of Modern Art; we witness the CIA dismissing Morgenthau's discovery of the growing terrorist cell in New York that would become al-Qaeda headquarters. This is an unusually close look at the privates lives of two well-known people who have always refused to reveal themselves to the public.
Lucinda Franks is the author of the acclaimed memoir, My Father’s Secret War. A former staff writer for The New York Times, she has also written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and The Atlantic. She won a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on the life and death of Diana Oughton, a member of the Weathermen. A graduate of Vassar College, Franks lives in New York City with her husband, the former longtime district attorney for New York County Robert M. Morgenthau.
Published by Sarah Crichton Books at FSG in August, 2014.