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First Comes Love

Marion Winik

Published by Pantheon, 1996
ISBN 10: 0679445722 / ISBN 13: 9780679445722
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Title: First Comes Love

Publisher: Pantheon

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition


First printing. SIGNED by Marion Winik on the half title. Accompanying the signature is a drawing by the author of a heart pierced by an arrow. Fine in a fine, mylar sleeved, unclipped, dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 1011250001

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Synopsis: When NPR commentator Marion Winik met Tony Heubach at Mardi Gras in 1983, there was "a spark of recognition between us. . . . something with a trajectory outside my field of vision." In this candid and deeply felt memoir, she traces that trajectory: a straight woman and a gay man falling in love, marrying, raising two beautiful sons; their against-the-odds happiness eventually crumbling under the pressure of AIDS; and the harrowing, heartbreaking final moments of their life together.

Review: This memoir from Marion Winik, a commentator for National Public Radio and the author of Telling, a collection of autobiographical essays, begins in 1983 with Winik, just 24, anesthetizing herself after a break-up via vodka and a mixture of hard drugs. Though strong-willed, she seems to lack strength of character. She flounders from one mistake to the next, offering wise observations, but never attempting to thwart her streak of self-destruction. Her marriage to a gay man with HIV sets the course for change--she kicks her addictions and ultimately assists in her ravaged husband's suicide. Through an HIV wives support group, as well as through altercations with her in-laws, she comes to learn how strong she really is.

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