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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 l 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.


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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 l 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.

30 review for Love and Other Infectious Diseases: A Memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Loe

    I had no idea Molly Haskell and Andrew Sarris were married to each other, until I stumbled upon this book in my favorite used bookstore a few months ago. I'm really touched by Haskell's account of her husband's catastrophic illness in 1984, which proceeds in a very cinematic fashion full of flashbacks and allusions to movies and stars and directors. Haskell can really write.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I could only get through about a third of this book: the beginning was really interesting, but then it degenerated into endless repetitive, navel-gazing passages. I rarely do this, but I ended up skimming the rest of the book and just reading the last several pages.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    This was great! A romantic, well-written memoir.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia Tedesco

    Currently reading. Had to get this through our County Library's Link Plus System.

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