Thanksgiving: An AIDS Journal

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Keith Avedon, musician, composer, husband, and father, died in 1987, a year and a half after developing AIDS. As chronicled by his widow, the months of illness, pain, and social bewilderment become starkly immediate to the reader. Well educated and reasonably well healed (by 1980s Manhattan standards, at that), the family had an extensive network of relatives and friends; in the face of AIDS, however, only one's own spiritual strength can be counted as currency. Because she allows her fears, angers, and even human selfishness to be seen by the reader, Cox's book is truly educational and inspiring rather than simply cathartic. Recommended for all public library collections and to specialists in the field.
- Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley P.L., Cal.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The tragedy of a New York couple recounted in this candid, poignant journal also serves as a means of catharsis for the first-time author, who is the widow of an AIDS-afflicted mate. Cox's pain over her impending loss was compounded by a sense of betrayal at the duplicity of Keith, who had not told her he was gay until he sickened. During months of nursing him she grappled with a need to reassess their relationship and protect their two-year-old son Luke from the stigma of his father's illness. Anger and fear vied with love while a growing exhaustion bred the author's resentment and despair. Keith died in 1987 after an intentional overdose of medication. His last words to his wife were, "You are my victory. Luke will be my triumph."
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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