"Porter Shreve has always had a keen feel for a story and an instinct for what is interesting in the world. He is a wonderful and accomplished young writer."
Loosely based on Porter Shreve’s own childhood, WHEN THE WHITE HOUSE WAS OURS is the atmospheric and captivating story of a family’s struggle to stay together against great odds.
It's 1976, and while the country prepares to celebrate the bicentennial, Daniel Truitt's family is falling apart. His father, Pete, has been fired from yet another teaching job, and his mother, Valerie, is one step away from leaving for good. But when Pete lucks into a crumbling mansion in the nation's capital, he makes a bold plan to start a school under his own roof where students and teachers will be equals.
Replete with the wry humor, human insight and cultural resonance that characterizes Shreve’s critically acclaimed fiction, WHEN THE WHITE HOUSE WAS OURS will be a joy to anyone whose family has lived through an idealistic time and ended up in an era of compromise.
Porter Shreve is the author of three novels, all with Houghton Mifflin. The Obituary Writer was a 2000 New York Times Notable Book, a Book Sense Pick and a Borders Original Voices Selection. Drives Like a Dream was a 2005 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year, a People “Great Reads” selection, and a Britannica Book of the Year. His most recent novel is When the White House Was Ours (2008). He lives with his wife, the writer Bich Minh Nguyen, in Chicago and West Lafayette, Indiana, where he directs the Creative Writing Program at Purdue University.