First Comes Love by 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.

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About Marion Winik

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Marion Winik is the author of five previous books, including "Telling", "First Comes Love", & "The Lunch-Box Chronicles". She has been a commentator on National Public Radio since 1991, & her essays have appeared in such magazines as "Redbook", "Harper's Bazaar", & "Parenting". She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband & children.
Published September 16, 2009 by Vintage. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Parenting & Relationships, Literature & Fiction, Self Help, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Romance. Non-fiction

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Winik, a commentator for National Public Radio, left an abortive love affair in New York City to spend Mardi Gras in New Orleans and found herself suddenly and inexplicably attracted to Tony, an ex-professional ice skater who was a practicing homosexual.

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National Public Radio commentator Winik's memoir will appeal primarily to romantics who believe in the primacy of love and who can empathize with a woman whose husband in a rocky marriage committed suicide.

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The NPR commentator's account of her passionate but ultimately tragic marriage to a gay man.

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Book Reporter

So, for the immediate future, drivers should be on the lookout for inattentive pedestrians carrying a book with a picture of a poetic beauty --- the author --- on the cover.

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Entertainment Weekly

The vivid autobiography First Comes Love combines two familiar genres: the feminist confessional (''How I outgrew my first husband'') and the elegiac AIDS memoir (''How my partner was cut down in the prime of life'').

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Huffington Post

Of course, we'd all heard her beloved dog, Floyd, was eaten by a freak Hollywood coyote, that she had cried all the way through her subsequent show at Barclay's Center, and that she'd had to cancel her Charlotte, NC show two days earlier for the flu.

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