Love and Other Infectious Diseases

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Love and Other Infectious Diseases is the fascinating, true story of how a successful couple's two-career marriage is altered by a husband's mysterious illness.

My husband awoke one night with a fever of 105.9. I rushed him to the emergency room of a New York hospital, and there began a six-month drama in which doctors tried to figure out what was wrong with him, while I alternated between hope and despair. For the three months that Andrew remained critically ill and deranged, ...

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Overview

Love and Other Infectious Diseases is the fascinating, true story of how a successful couple's two-career marriage is altered by a husband's mysterious illness.

My husband awoke one night with a fever of 105.9. I rushed him to the emergency room of a New York hospital, and there began a six-month drama in which doctors tried to figure out what was wrong with him, while I alternated between hope and despair. For the three months that Andrew remained critically ill and deranged, hallucinating most of the time, he was no longer the lover, friend, fellow critic and confidant I was used to. Eleven years my senior, Andrew had been my mentor as a writer and established film critic, and now I might be on my own. Terrified by the possibility of Andrew's death and forced by that terror to look inward, I began to see the extent of my dependency on a marriage that had seemed perfectly equal, perfect in fact.

I think of the book as both a thriller and love story: a hospital suspense melodrama as it tracks the ups and downs of a husband's illness, and the memoir of a marriage that focuses on my own spiritual and psychological journey.

For 15 years, Molly Haskell and her husband, Andrew Sarris, both nationally known film critics, experienced the joys of an intense two-career marriage--until Andrew was seized by a strange and terrifying illness. Now Molly reflects on the pitfalls of a "too-close" relationship and the realities of hospital life. First time in paperback.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Haskell's memoir of her husband Andrew Sarris's affliction with a rare disease and his recovery proves funny, wise and affectingly human--less the story of an illness than the anatomy of the love shared by these movie critics. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595140404
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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