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First Comes Loveby Marion Winik
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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
When Marion Winik fell in love with Tony Heubach during a wild Mardi Gras in New Orleans, her friends shook their heads. For starters, she was straight and he was gay. But Marion and Tony's impossible love turned out to be true enough to produce a marriage and two beautiful sons, true enough to weather drug addiction, sexual betrayal, and the AIDS that would kill Tony at the age of thirty-seven, twelve years after they met.
In a memoir heartbreaking and hilarious by turns, Marion Winik tells a story that is all more powerful for the way in which it defies easy judgments. As it charts the trajectory of a marriage so impossible that it became inevitable, First Comes Love reminds us—poignantly indelibly—that every story is a special case.
From the commentator for National Public Radio and author of Telling comes a book that is a memoir of breathtaking candor, an affecting yet rigorously unsentimental story of the extraordinary, passion between a straight woman and a gay man.
When Marion Winik fell in love with Tony Heubach during a wild Mardi Gras in New Orleans, her friends shook their heads. But Marion and Tony's impossible love turned out to be true enough to produce a marriage and two beautiful sons — and to weather drug addiction, sexual betrayal, and the AIDS that would kill Tony at the age of thirty-seven. Beautifully written, by turns hilarious and heartbreaking, First Comes Love is a miraculous account of love, loss, and survival that redefines not only what it means to be a family but what it means to be in love.
From National Public Radio commentator Marion Winik, author of Telling, comes a memoir of breathtaking candor--an affecting yet rigorously unsentimental story of the extraordinary passion between a straight woman and a gay man. "Decidedly unfaint-hearted."--The New York Times Book Review.
About the Author
Marion Winik is heard regularly on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." She was the recipient of a 1993 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction and has been voted Favorite Local Writer by the readers of the Austin Chronicle for four consecutive years. First Comes Love won the Violet Crown Award for Best Book by an Austen Writer, 1996, from the Austen Writer's League. The author of Telling, she lives in Austen, Texas, with her two sons.
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